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Theodore Roosevelt sailor in ICU after being found unresponsive in Guam

Andrew Dyer, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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SAN DIEGO -- A sailor assigned to the San Diego-based aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt is in intensive care at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam after being found unresponsive in his room, the Navy said Thursday.

The sailor tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30, according to the Navy. NBC News reported the sailor was found unresponsive Thursday morning.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the vice chairman of the joint chiefs, said at the Pentagon Thursday that Roosevelt sailors in isolation with COVID-19 are checked twice a day and that this sailor's health deteriorated overnight.

"We're hoping that that sailor recovers," Hyten said at a media briefing. "We're praying for him and his family and his shipmates."

As of Thursday, 416 sailors on the Roosevelt have tested positive for COVID-19, Hyten said, and most of the crew have now been tested. Test results for about 1,000 sailors are not in yet.

Navy-wide coronavirus numbers released Thursday show a total of 727 sailors have tested positive for the virus. Of those, 58 have recovered. Five are currently hospitalized.


Three Navy civilians have died from COVID-19 with 20 hospitalized, the Navy says.

The Roosevelt, with its compliment of about 4,800 sailors, pulled into Guam March 26 after several sailors on board tested positive for COVID-19. A letter, written by the ship's commanding officer, Capt. Brett Crozier, asking the Navy for more assistance for its sailors was leaked and broadly publicized, resulting in Crozier's firing on March 2.

Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly defended Crozier's firing in a profanity-laced speech over the Roosevelt's public address system. He said Crozier was naive and stupid if he believed his letter wouldn't be leaked.

Modley later apologized for those remarks and on Tuesday resigned.


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