14 Apr Navy Sailor On USS Theodore Roosevelt Dies From Coronavirus Complications
The Navy has announced that a sailor assigned to the USS Roosevelt has died from complications related to the Coronavirus. The sailor tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30 and was removed from the aircraft carrier and placed in an isolation house in Guam with four other sailors from the carrier.
On April 9, the sailor was found unresponsive during a medical check. The sailor was moved to the ICU at a U.S. naval hospital in Guam and was declared dead on April 13.
The vessel’s captain, Brett Crozier, was removed from his post after he wrote a letter pleading for help as his crew began testing positive for the coronavirus. Nearly 600 sailors from the ship have tested positive.
There are over 5,000 service members stationed on the USS Roosevelt. The service members with confirmed cases of coronavirus have since been removed from the carrier and are living in isolated quarters in Guam. As of Sunday, 585 Roosevelt sailors have tested positive for the virus, while 3,921 have tested negative. More than 4,000 sailors have been moved ashore.
10% percent of the crew on this ship is infected with the virus. The carrier is riddled with COVID-19. The sailors are living in extremely small quarters which enables the virus to spread faster.
Four service members were hospitalized over this past weekend but none were placed in intensive care units. Testing, treatment, and precautions are imperative at this point
The Roosevelt sailor is the second service member to die from the virus. A New Jersey National Guard soldier who served as a physician assistant, Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok, died on March 28.