Four more USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors hospitalized for the coronavirus, including one in ICU

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Adan Trinidad, an intensive care unit medic with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, prepares an intensive care unit bed as part of transitioning an empty building into an operationally capable ICU in order to provide medical support to any USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors in need at Naval Base Guam on April 5, 2020.


By CAITLIN M. KENNEY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 14, 2020

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WASHINGTON — Four more USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors infected with coronavirus have been hospitalized in Guam, the Navy announced Tuesday, one day after a fellow crew member died from the illness.

The sailors are being treated at the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, according to a Navy statement. One of the sailors is in the intensive care unit for more observation because of shortness of breath.

The hospitalizations come one day after another USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor died from the virus that spread among the crew of the aircraft carrier. The deceased sailor, who has not yet been identified, tested positive for the coronavirus March 30 and was placed into quarantine on Guam with four other sailors. It was not clear Tuesday from the Navy’s statement whether the new hospitalizations are the same sailors.

The sailor who died had been found unresponsive Thursday during a medical check. He was transported to the hospital and then was placed into intensive care, where he died Monday.

As of Tuesday, there are 589 Roosevelt sailors with positive tests for the virus. Most of the crew of about 4,800 have been tested, with 3,922 receiving negative test results. About 4,024 sailors have been transferred from the ship to Guam.

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