Officials say sailors will be isolated from civilian community

USS Theodore Roosevelt

Only sailors who tested negative for Covid-19 will be transferred to hotels, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said Wednesday, justifying her decision to accommodate the Navy’s request to provide a quarantine site for USS Theodore Roosevelt crew.

“I promised each of you that I will take any action necessary to keep people of Guam safe. For this reason, I’ve agreed to have the restricted housing for sailors who have tested negative for Covid-19,” Leon Guerrero said.

The number of sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, who tested positive for Covid-19, has hit almost 200, according to the ship's commander who is making a desperate plea for his entire crew to be isolated.

In a four-page letter to the Department of Navy, the Captain Brett Crozier asked that 4,000 sailors be transferred to an off-ship quarantine site. More than 20 sailors on the ship are from Guam.

The fourth-class Nimitz carrier has 5,000 sailors, who are in quarantine aboard the ship, which Crozier said is conducive to virus transmission. The ship has a large number of sailors, who are confined in a space, share restroom facilities, work stations and computers and eat meals provided by personnel exposed to the coronavirus.

“In partnership with the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association, Public Health Officials, and representatives of the Navy, only sailors tested negative for Co