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COVID-19 cases on USS Theodore Roosevelt jump to 23

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 08:22:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Coronavirus cases on the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt are multiplying quickly.

On Thursday, Department of Defense officials announced 23 sailors have now tested positive for COVID-19. Officials say they have mild symptoms, fever and a cough.

The aircraft carrier left her San Diego homeport in January for a seven-month deployment with roughly 5,000 sailors are on board. The carrier's last stop was in Vietnam more than two weeks ago.

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Just two days ago, the Navy announced the first three positive cases on the ship, meaning the number of infected sailors is now nearly eight times as high.

The USS Roosevelt is getting ready to pull into Guam on Friday, where the positive cases will be moved off of the ship. The other sailors will be confined to the pier, not allowed to leave into Guam.

Navy officials say everyone on the ship will be tested for the virus.