USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor in ICU due to coronavirus dies, Navy officials say

Posted at 6:51 AM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 19:49:40-04

(KGTV) -- A USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor who was in ICU at a Navy hospital in Guam due to the coronavirus has died, Navy officials announced Monday.

The unidentified sailor was admitted to the ICU on April 9 after being found unresponsive during isolation in quarters on Naval Base Guam. Officials said the sailor tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30 and had been under a 14-day quarantine.

Navy officials said after the sailor, after testing positive, "was removed from the ship and placed in an isolation house on Naval Base Guam with four other USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Sailors. Like other Sailors in isolation, he received medical checks twice daily from Navy medical teams."

The San Diego-based aircraft carrier has been docked in Guam since late March after coronavirus cases mounted aboard the ship.

Navy officials said 585 members -- over 10 percent -- of the ship’s 4,800-plus crew have tested positive for COVID-19.

The carrier has been at the center of controversy after commanding officer Capt. Brett Crozier sent a letter to military officials asking that the ship be evacuated due to the outbreak on board.

However, military leaders removed Crozier from his post and criticized his handling of the situation.

Days after his removal, Crozier himself tested positive for COVID-19, according to a New York Times report.

On April 7, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly submitted his resignation after blasting Crozier while addressing the ship’s crew.