416 sailors from USS Roosevelt now positive for COVID-19

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USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived on Guam on March 27 for a scheduled port visit for resupply and crew rest. (Photo by PNC Chief Photographer Allan Balbin)

416 sailors from the USS Roosevelt have now tested positive for COVID-19. That’s three times more than 128 confirmed cases reported on the civilian side of the fence.

According to a statement from the Navy on its blog site, one of those sailors who tested positive was found unresponsive yesterday morning inside his isolation quarters on Naval Base Guam. He was moved to an intensive care unit at Guam Naval Hospital.

As of Thursday, the Navy says 97 percent of the sailors aboard the Roosevelt had been tested for exposure to the virus and 3,170 have tested negative.

Most of those that have tested negative are now under a two-week quarantine at various hotels on Guam.

In addition, the Navy says that of the crew of 4,800, a total of 2,684 sailors have moved ashore.

Navy officials say that as the testing continues, the ship will keep enough sailors on board to sustain essential services and sanitize the ship, which remains docked at Apra Harbor.

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