WSJ: Navy ship has 4 new COVID-19 cases; will they be taken to Guam too?

USS Theodore Roosevelt (US Navy photo)

The Wall Street Journal has reported that more sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The Journal quoted the Navy as saying that the new cases more than double the number of cases on the ship in the past day.

Four of the eight stricken sailors were earlier airlifted from the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is operating in the Pacific, to Naval Hospital Guam.

Four others would soon be evacuated, the Journal quoted officials as saying, but not specifying where they will be taken.

Adelup would neither confirm nor deny the new USS Theodore Roosevelt COVID-19 cases, stating that this matter is for Joint Region Marianas to address.

These are the first cases of sailors on a deployed U.S. Navy ship testing positive for the virus.

The carrier made a port call to Da Nang, Vietnam, 15 days ago, and before that, it was on Guam for a liberty call.

Although the USS Theodore Roosevelt is a large aircraft carrier with the length of about three football fields, it has a crew complement of about 5,000 sailors closely packed in various sections of the ship.

The previous four sailors airlifted to Guam were isolated at U.S. Naval Base Guam in accordance with CDC protocols.

Joint Region Marianas worked in cooperation with GovGuam to ensure proper advance notification of the patients’ arrival on Guam.