Published: Fri, March 27, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

All Sailors On US Aircraft Carrier To Be Tested For

All Sailors On US Aircraft Carrier To Be Tested For

Five sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Pacific have tested positive for coronavirus after three other sailors on the aircraft carrier tested positive for the virus on Tuesday.

Modly acknowledged that the Navy had not been disclosing which of its ships had been impacted by the outbreak.

Gilday said he expected additional positive tests to emerge after the large scale testing of the ship's crew begins and that any sailors who test positive will be transported to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam for further examination. He added more infections have been confirmed on the ship.

At least eight sailors on board have tested positive for the virus but a Thursday Wall Street Journal report puts the actual number at 23.

PHOTO: An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) March 18, 2020.

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"We found several more cases on board the ship, we are in the process now of testing 100 percent of the crew on that ship to ensure that we are able to contain whatever spread might have occurred there on the ship", Modly said.

"Our forces are all over the world all the time, that may have something to do with it", Modly said, "and we also have big fleet concentration in areas such as San Diego, Norfolk and other areas where we have a lot of people that are together".

Pentagon officials have stressed that the US ships are not set up for quarantining patients and say the close quarters makes it easy for viruses to spread.

Modly had earlier described the symptoms of infected sailors aboard the carrier as being "very mild" - namely body aches and sore throats. "We're taking this day by day", he said.

The ship had last arrived at the port of Vietnam more than two weeks ago. "We've had aircraft flying to and from the ship and so we just don't want to say that it was that particular port visit". The secretary also noted that 5,000 crew members on board are now being tested for the virus. The Pentagon has reported 321 cases of coronavirus, including 174 active-duty personnel, 59 civilians, 61 dependents, and 27 contractors, as of Tuesday.

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