More USS Roosevelt sailors transported to hotels

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A convoy of rented vans transport USS Roosevelt sailors to Tumon hotels last April 3. (PNC file photo by PNC Chief Photographer Allan Balbin)

The first group of sailors from the USS Roosevelt who have tested negative for COVID-19 were bused from Naval Base Guam to hotels in Tumon and Tamuning.

Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Admiral John Menoni said that the first group of about 180 sailors from the USS Roosevelt were bused from Naval Base Guam into lodgings in Tumon on Thursday evening.

The Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association has identified the Dusit Thani in Tumon and the Sheraton in Tamuning as the initial locations for the Roosevelt sailors.

Admiral Menoni said that more sailors are on the way to join them in a mandatory 2-week quarantine under military guard.

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“We are targeting being able to move another three to four hundred sailors over the next 12 to 24 hours. This is all based on the flow rate from Naval Base Guam verifying that the sailors tested negative for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic as well as maintaining proper social distancing throughout the military-led transportation process,” Menoni said.

Thirty-one percent of the roughly 5,000 sailors aboard the USS Roosevelt have now been tested and 114 of sailors have tested positive for COVID-19.

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“Our medical team reports that some of the sailors who have tested positive have developed or are recovering from symptoms but to date, some of the sailors who have tested positive have developed or are recovering from mild symptoms. But to date there have been zero hospitalizations,” Menoni said.

All of the sailors who have tested positive remain on Naval Base Guam in isolation.

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