USS Roosevelt returns to Guam; Sailors to be tested for COVID-19

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As of Thursday, the Navy says 97% of the sailors aboard the Roosevelt had been tested for exposure to the virus and 3,170 have tested negative. (Photo by PNC Chief Photographer Allan Balbin)

The USS Theodore Roosevelt pulled into Apra Harbor shortly after 9 a.m. this morning.

23 of its sailors have confirmed cases of COVID-19. And the Department of Defense says that about 5,000 others will be tested to make sure they do not have the disease.

The Roosevelt last stopped on Guam in February. Its only other port call since then was in Vietnam.

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On Friday, at the Pentagon, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly announced that the aircraft carrier was returning to Guam and all sailors aboard will be tested.

“So, the ship is pulling into Guam. It will be pier-side. No one on the crew will be allowed to leave anywhere into Guam other than at pier-side and we are already starting the process of testing 100% of the crew to ensure that we’ve got that continued. The sailors who have been flown off the ship are currently doing fine. None of them have been required to be hospitalized because their symptoms are considered to be mild, they’re aches and pains and those types of things,” Modly said.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, during today’s press conference, said: “I also know that many of you are concerned about the USS Roosevelt. Yes, 23 of its crew have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being treated in isolation at Naval Hospital. The ship will return to Guam using the dock furthest away from our Port and its crew will be quarantined at the pier. They assured me that the military will follow CDC guidelines with isolation and quarantine.”

In response to the return of the Roosevelt, Joint Region Marianas spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Rick Moore issued a statement saying the Roosevelt is making “a scheduled port visit for resupply and crew rest.”  However, all sailors aboard “will be limited to the pier” and “there will be no direct interaction between the sailors and Naval Base Guam personnel.”

Lt. Cmdr. Moore added that “we are not going to confirm specifics about where USS Theodore Roosevelt Sailors are being quarantined on Naval Base Guam. Personnel in quarantine will be restricted in movement to specific locations on the base, and will not come into contact with the local community.”

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