After testing nearly 5000 sailors of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the United States Navy, 840 of them have been tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19.
The US Navy has claimed that it has tested 1005 of the crew, and has found out that certain individuals who initially tested negative, are now positive with the virus.
The ship pulled into Guam on March 27, and since then, infected sailors had been stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital. As of date, as many as 88 sailors have recovered, one has passed away – Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker.
The Navy also reported that more than 4200 sailors had been quarantined in the housing on Naval Base Guam and in hotels in Tamuning and Tumon.
The sailors also expressed their gratitude to the Marine, mentioning that they were well taken care of in the quarantine centres. A video also surfaced on social media where the sailors were seen holding placards, thanking those in the front line fight against coronavirus.
In one of these videos, Capt. Vicente Huerta mentioned how the sailors coordinated a time to show their appreciation by cheering all at once.
The caption reads, “It’s the little things….U.S. Marines with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, maintain local hotels in support of Sailors with the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
Theodore Roosevelt is currently docked at Naval Base Guam where Sailors from the ship are practicing social distancing and following other guidelines from the CDC, U.S. Navy, and the Governor of Guam, as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts during a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Staff Sgt. Jordan E. Gilbert)”
The US Navy seems to have handled and organized this situation pretty effectively. It initially quarantined all negative-testing patients at the hotels in Guam, while the infected ones were stationed at the Naval Base. Moreover, the individuals who started showing symptoms while in the hotels were moved the base.