Sailor from USS Theodore Roosevelt with coronavirus transferred to ICU
A sailor assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt who recently tested positive for the coronavirus has been transferred to an intensive care unit in Guam after being found unresponsive, the US Navy said.
The sailor, who tested positive on March 30 and was under a 14-day quarantine on Naval Base Guam, was admitted Thursday to the ICU at the US Naval Hospital Guam, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Megan Isaac told The Post in an email.
So far, 416 sailors from the ship have tested positive for the virus, with 97 percent having been tested, according to NBC News, which first reported the crew member’s condition.
On Wednesday, the Navy said 286 crew members were infected.
The ship’s commanding officer — Capt. Brett Crozier, who also tested positive with the illness — was dismissed by ex-acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly after he sounded the alarm about the coronavirus outbreak on the ship.
Crozier’s memo to higher-ups was leaked to the media.
On Tuesday, Modly resigned after delivering a speech to the Roosevelt’s crew on the ship’s public-address system in which he slammed Crozier as “stupid” for not realizing his missive would be leaked.
The former’s secretary’s trip to Guam cost the Defense Department about $243,000.
Only 2,329 of the ship’s nearly 4,800 sailors have been evacuated, according to CNN.
The Navy initially said it had planned to move 2,700 sailors ashore by April 3, but officials say the process has been slowed since the government of Guam requires that crew members test negative before they can be moved into hotels on the island, the network reported.