The troubles aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt continue with more than a dozen sailors re-testing positive for COVID-19 and one being diagnosed with tuberculosis.
On Friday, May 16, the Navy reported that five sailors started experiencing flu-like symptoms after being back on the ship. They subsequently re-tested positive.
Navy officials said these sailors were brought back to shore to be isolated.
As of Monday morning, at least 13 sailors had re-tested positive aboard the ship, according to several national media outlets.
Jonathan Hoffman, the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, held a briefing at the Pentagon where he was asked about the resurgence of the virus among the crew of the USS Roosevelt.
Hoffman says it’s a stubborn disease.
“The good news is that in this case, you had a few individuals who showed symptoms. Because of the medical testing and the medical surveillance that we’ve put in place, they quickly were alerted, the medical crew on the ship. They were tested. They were removed from the ship and quarantined. That we did tracing to identify others who had been … were near them and tested them, and then did the same to identify others who were near them. So a process was put in place to quickly address the issue,” Hoffman said.
PNC News has also confirmed that there’s an active case of TB among the crew.
Navy officials say that person has already removed from the ship, isolated, and is receiving medical care.
No other sailors have been infected with the infectious lung disease.