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3 U.S. sailors on San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 9:28 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 09:26:44-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Three U.S. sailors aboard the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for coronavirus. The ship is currently deployed in the Indo-Pacific.

The Navy made the announcement on Tuesday, saying the sailors were airlifted off the aircraft carrier for treatment at a hospital and are showing mild symptoms. For privacy reasons, the Navy could not provide any more information about the sailors or where they were being treated.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt deployed from San Diego in January on a seven-month deployment with more than 5,000 sailors onboard.

The carrier recently stopped in Da Nang, Vietnam, when the country only had 16 positive cases. All of the cases were in the northern city of Hanoi.

The Navy said those in contact with the three positive cases were in quarantine, but officials could not specify how many people were exposed.

The stop in De Nang was only the second time a carrier had stopped in the country since the Vietnam War. While in Da Nang, the sailors participated in community service projects, sports competitions, and receptions.

The Navy could not confirm if the positive cases came from the visit to Vietnam or from contact with those coming onboard the ship for maintenance or to drop off supplies.