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Navy ships see progress against COVID-19 outbreaks

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Posted at 6:19 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 09:27:53-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- There is good news for two Navy ships making progress as they battle COVID-19 on board.

A number of sailors from the USS Kidd are now back on the ship after quarantine and the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt is set to go back out to sea later this week.

The USS Kidd arrived in San Diego in late April after a COVID-19 outbreak on the destroyer. At least 78 sailors tested positive for the virus. Now, nearly 90 healthy sailors were transferred from quarantine back to the ship. A small caretaker crew that had stayed on the ship will now start it's 14-day quarantine.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt is set to go back out to sea nearly two months after docking in Guam to deal with their coronavirus outbreak. About 1,800 sailors will stay behind to finish their quarantine.

Over 1,200 people on the USS Theodore Roosevelt tested positive for the virus. Just three days ago, 13 sailors retested positive for the virus.

The aircraft carrier was at the center of controversy when its now former Captain Brett Crozier was fired for asking for help to battle the outbreak on the ship. The Navy has ordered a second investigation into his firing.

The Navy hasn't announced if the Roosevelt will continue it's mission or return home to San Diego.