More sailors leave Tumon hotels to go back to USS Roosevelt

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The U.S. Navy has begun the process of returning groups of sailors from off-base Guam hotels to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt which is docked on Naval Base Guam. (Photo by PNC Chief Photographer Allan Balbin)

Many buses were seen lined up outside the Pacific Islands Club hotel this morning to transport more sailors back to the USS Roosevelt.

The U.S. Navy has begun the process of returning groups of sailors from off-base Guam hotels to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt which is docked on Naval Base Guam.

The sailors were previously in a restriction of movement in Guam hotels as a result of COVID-19 infections on the ship, and they have since been cleared to depart quarantine and return to the ship.

Approximately 700 sailors remained aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt to maintain the ship’s essential functions, and to conduct deep cleaning and sanitization of the ship’s spaces over the past few weeks.

According to Joint Region Marianas, the ship is now fully prepared to receive healthy sailors who have spent up to 27 days in quarantine ashore.

In order to maintain social distancing between the returning sailors, transportation to the ship includes travel via large buses.

These vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned in accordance with recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standards before, between and after each use, JRM stated in a news release.

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