A sailor aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt has died following what the Navy called “a medical emergency.”
The USS Roosevelt spent more than a month on Guam to combat an outbreak of COVID-19 among its 5,000 sailors. Hundreds of sailors tested positive for the virus and one USS Roosevelt sailor already died last April as a result of COVD-19.
It’s unclear whether this latest fatality is also related to COVID-19. But the Navy Times quotes a statement issued by the U.S. Navy 3rd Fleet as saying:
“The Sailor, like all personnel embarked aboard Theodore Roosevelt, had been tested for COVID-19 multiple times during the outbreak of the virus aboard the ship earlier this year and those results were consistently negative for COVID-19 throughout the entire deployment.”
According to Navy Times, the sailor had received medical care aboard the ship and was then flown to a military medical facility ashore where he was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. local time.