The number of sailors from the USS Roosevelt who have tested positive for COVID-19 has now risen to 1,102.
That is over 22% of the crew of roughly 4,900.
According to the Thursday April 30th update on the Navy blog “the increase in active cases represent exit tests for sailors who are asymptomatic,” meaning they have tested positive, even though they are not showing any symptoms of the disease.
Joint Region Commander Rear Admiral John Menoni on Monday said that sailors who have been in quarantine at various Tumon hotels are being moved back onto the aircraft carrier this week.
A week ago, on Friday April 24, the Navy said that all of the sailors aboard the Roosevelt had already been tested once. Now the Navy is testing each one a second time.
The Navy this week instituted a new policy that requires all sailors in isolation who have tested positive, and all sailors in quarantine who initially tested negative, must have two negative tests before they are allowed to return to the ship.
Lt. Cmdr. Rick Moore, Joint Region Marianas spokesperson, told PNC News earlier this week that TR sailors who previously tested positive must meet all of the following criteria:
1) remained in isolation for a minimum of 14 days
2) a minimum of 14 days has elapsed since the onset of symptoms
3) is symptom-free for a minimum of 3 days.
“Sailors who were in quarantine (with no prior positive test) will be tested again after 14 days,” he said. “To reiterate, all TR sailors in isolation or quarantine must have two negative tests to return to the ship.”