Story at a glance

  • The ship is docked in Guam as crew members are being isolated and tested.
  • One sailor who tested positive was admitted to an intensive care unit.
  • The ship’s commanding officer was ousted after going outside his chain of command to send a memo pleading for help and describing the dire conditions on the ship.

The Navy says at least 416 crew members aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the coronavirus, while more than 1,000 crew members are awaiting test results. 

“We’ve tested almost the whole crew now. We still have about 1,000 tests to report out. But 3,170 tested negative, 416 tested positive, 187 of those were symptomatic, 229 were asymptomatic. We still have 1,164 pending results,” Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday, according to CNN.

One sailor from the ship who tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30 was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) in Guam Thursday after he was found unresponsive. 


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“Sadly this morning we had our first hospitalization of the one sailor,” Hyten said. “We’re hoping that that sailor recovers, we are praying for him and his family and his shipmates.”

Navy officials warned that the U.S. military should plan for more of these types of outbreaks in the future, saying “it’s not a good idea” to think of the situation on the ship as a one-of-a-kind issue. 

The Navy aircraft carrier is docked at a Naval base in Guam to test and isolate crew members. 


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The ship became the focus of national attention last week after its commanding officer, Capt. Brett Crozier, issued a memo warning that the crew would face dire consequences if the Navy failed to address the coronavirus outbreak on the ship. 

In the leaked message, Crozier asserted that sailors could die if the vast majority of the 4,800 crew members weren't evacuated.

Crozier was later relieved of his command by the Navy. 

Then-acting secretary of the Navy, Thomas Modley, said he fired Crozier after losing confidence in his ability to lead amid the viral outbreak on the ship. Modley went on to harshly criticize Crozier in front of his crew and resigned Tuesday after a recording of him disparaging the ousted captain was released


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Published on Apr 10, 2020