COVID-19 Cases in Military Quadruple in Less Than a Week; 24 Sailors on USS Theodore Roosevelt Test Positive for Coronavirus

Pentagon says at least 280 military members across the armed forces have tested positive for Coronavirus; Jennifer Griffin reports.

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, a report was released that three sailors aboard the deployed USS Theodore Roosevelt tested positive for COVID-19, a coronavirus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness. By Thursday, March 26, 2020 there were 24 sailors that tested positive for Coronavirus COVID-19. The USS Theodore Roosevelt was reported to be the first ship in the U.S. Navy to suffer a COVID-19 outbreak while at sea.

All 5,000 sailors and pilots on board need to be tested, and Hon. Thomas B. Modly reported on Thursday morning that the USS Theodore Roosevelt would be headed into port in Guam, which is southeast of China.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt had a port call in Vietnam about two weeks ago, and was flying round the clock air operations in the South China Sea.

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The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is the fourth Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier in the United States Navy, and is one of only three that are currently deployed at sea.



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