By Pacific Island Times News Staff
3 sailors on USS Roosevelt flown to Guam
The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is experiencing another Covid-19 outbreak, with three sailors testing positive.
The three sailors, who tested positive on Feb. 14, were flown to U.S. Naval Base Guam today, according to the Joint Region Marianas.
Military officials said the sailors, who are asymptomatic, have been in isolation since their positive test Feb. 14 in accordance with Navy and Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Covid guidance.
"The ship has continued to conduct surveillance testing and no further positives have been identified," JRM said in a press release.
In March last year, the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carrier ported in Guam after a major outbreak that affected more than 60 percent of its crew. The crisis led to the resignation of then ship's commander Brett Crozier and evacuation of the crew. About 1,500 sailors were quarantined at Tumon hotels before they recovered.
"We greatly appreciate the dedicated support from the Government of Guam and the hospitality that the people of Guam continue to show our sailors," JRM said. "U.S. Pacific Fleet is committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of our force and the people of Guam."
Navy officials said the three sailors will reside in designated lodging onboard U.S. Naval Base Guam for the duration of their isolation period and will have no contact with the local population. The sailors will receive daily medical checks from Navy medical professionals to ensure their continued wellbeing.
JRM said USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is currently underway and fully operational, is following an aggressive mitigation strategy in accordance with Navy and CDC guidelines to include mandatory mask wearing, social distancing, and proper hygiene and sanitation practices.