San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt completes testing for COVID-19

Sailor aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt dies of COVID-19
Posted at 10:39 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 13:51:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — All of the USS Theodore Roosevelt's crew has been tested for coronavirus, after the San Diego-based carrier was forced to dock in Guam as the virus spread.

The Navy said Thursday that 840 crew members have tested positive for COVID-19 and 4,098 have tested negative.

A small number of results are still pending, the Navy says.

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Of the ship's cases, 88 sailors have recovered. There have also been 4,234 sailors that have moved ashore for the time being.

Four sailors from the ship are currently being treated in U.S. Naval Hospital Guam for their symptoms. None of those hospitalized are in intensive care, according to the Navy.

One sailor from the ship died earlier this month after contracting the virus. Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr., 41, died on April 13.

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The USS Theodore Roosevelt gained widespread media coverage in March, when former carrier Captain Brett Crozier sent a memo to Navy leadership asking for immediate help removing the crew from the ship as the virus started to spread.

The memo was widely published, leading to Capt. Crozier's firing.

Crozier later tested positive for coronavirus as well. He was placed in 14-day quarantine at Naval Base Guam.

Then-Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned shortly after the firing after his address to the ship's crew was made public, in which he said Crozier's actions were a "betrayal" and "too naive or too stupid."