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Sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt removed after COVID-19 diagnosis

Sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt removed after COVID-19 diagnosis

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Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Two new cases of the COVID-19 virus were reported aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Navy spokesman confirmed on Friday. "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) identified a small number of Sailors who tested positive for COVID-19 while conducting routine training at sea, Oct. 15, 2020," Cmdr. Zachary Harrell of the Naval Air Forces told The Hill. Advertisement "The sailors self-reported after experiencing symptoms, received immediate medical treatment, and were transported off the ship for isolation," Harrell told the New York Times, which first reported the new cases. On Tuesday, the ship left its homeport of San Diego for sustainment exercises, to be followed by two deployments within the same readiness cycle, known as a "double pump." The names of the aff...
Navy declines to reinstate Capt. Crozier after USS Theodore Roosevelt outbreak

Navy declines to reinstate Capt. Crozier after USS Theodore Roosevelt outbreak

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June 19 (UPI) -- The Navy announced Friday it will not reinstate the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt who was relieved of his position after sounding the alarm about a coronavirus outbreak that killed one sailor and infected nearly 1,000. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said Capt. Brett Crozier won't receive any further punishment for his handling of the outbreak on the ship or his letter that brought attention to the situation. Advertisement "I will not reassign Capt. Brett Crozier as the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, nor will he be eligible for future command. Capt. Crozier will be reassigned," Gilday said. The Navy relieved Crozier of his position on the aircraft carrier in April after he sent a letter to Navy leaders calling attention to the serious...
Roosevelt crew isolation extended as Navy, CDC investigate COVID-19 outbreak

Roosevelt crew isolation extended as Navy, CDC investigate COVID-19 outbreak

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April 21 (UPI) -- The Navy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched an investigation to determine what caused the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt -- and why the virus spread so rapidly on the aircraft carrier. The Navy told CNN that it is asking 1,000 of the ship's 4,800 crew members to complete a survey and provide two new specimens -- blood and nasal swabs -- for laboratory testing. One sailor on the vessel has succumbed to the illness and, as of Tuesday, 700 others have tested positive. Politico also reported Tuesday that, according to a Navy memo, post-quarantine testing may be halted and sailors' isolation periods extended, potentially delaying the ship's departure from Guam, where it has been docked since the end of March. Navy leader...
Spread of COVID-19 on USS Roosevelt is ‘ongoing and accelerating,’ captain says

Spread of COVID-19 on USS Roosevelt is ‘ongoing and accelerating,’ captain says

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March 31 (UPI) -- The captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt is pleading with the U.S. Navy for more resources to help contain a coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship and avoid possible deaths. The aircraft carrier docked in Guam last week so its crew of 5,000 sailors could be tested for the novel coronavirus. At the time, 23 members of its crew had tested positive for the virus. On Wednesday, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly told reporters that three crew had tested positive for the virus. Now more than 100 sailors are infected, and according to Capt. Brett Crozier, in a four-page letter first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the situation is rapidly deteriorating. According to Crozier, only a small contingent of soldiers have been off-boarded, and most remain aboard the...