USS Theodore Roosevelt Suffers First Virus Casualty

Sailor assigned to stricken aircraft carrier had been in ICU in Guam since Thursday
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2020 8:51 AM CDT
Sailor From Stricken Aircraft Carrier Dies
In this April 3, 2020, file photo, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier, is docked along Kilo Wharf of Naval Base Guam.   (Rick Cruz/The Pacific Daily via AP, File)

(Newser) – A sailor assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt—the aircraft carrier whose skipper lost his job after pleading with Navy brass to evacuate the ship amid a coronavirus outbreak—has died of complications of the virus, reports NBC News. The sailor, who has not been identified pending notification of his family, tested positive on March 30. He was among five sailors taken off the ship and isolated on the Navy's base in Guam. He died in the ICU of the US Naval Hospital in Guam, where CNN notes he had been admitted Thursday. Some 600 sailors aboard the Roosevelt have tested positive. (The acting secretary of the Navy also lost his job in the controversy.)

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