Deployed Sailors Test COVID-19 Positive Aboard Previously-Stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt – NBC 7 San Diego


Three sailors aboard the San Diego-based USS Roosevelt have examined optimistic for COVID-19 a month into the ship’s deployment within the South China Sea, the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet mentioned Monday.

The trio of sailors, who examined optimistic on Sunday, haven’t skilled any signs, Navy officers mentioned. Those sailors and others closest to them have been remoted in accordance with Navy and CDC steering.

This marks the second outbreak on the plane provider. Last year, greater than 1,200 sailors on the ship examined optimistic for the virus, which led to just about two months of quarantining in Guam earlier than the Roosevelt’s sailors may return to sea.

A Pentagon watchdog report mentioned the outbreak was amplified when commanders of the Navy vessel did not implement procedures that might have forestall its unfold, like social distancing and quarantining.

This time, based on a Navy assertion, the Roosevelt 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. U.S. Pacific Fleet is committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of our force”

Currently, USS Roosevelt and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups are conducting twin provider operations in a multi-month deployment, based on the Navy’s web site. The Roosevelt stays totally operational, officers mentioned.

Cmdr. Myers Vasquez, a spokesperson for the Pacific Fleet, mentioned the Roosevelt was deployed in December earlier than coronavirus vaccines grew to become out there. He mentioned vaccinations are at present voluntary for Navy servicemembers and can proceed to be till the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifts its Emergency Use Authorization.