US Navy delays plan to move sailors back onto USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier
The US Navy is delaying its plans to begin moving sailors back onboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, citing crew members who are still testing positive after a 14-day quarantine period, according to Navy officials.
The move can potentially delay the carrier’s departure amid new questions about the spread of COVID-19.
Isolation periods are being extended for sailors, more than three weeks after the ship was forced to dock in Guam on 27 March.
“Results of out-testing portions of the TR crew following 14 days of quarantine leads us to reevaluate our assessment of how the virus can remain active in an asymptomatic host,” according to the memo sent to crew members.
On Monday 20 April, about 94 percent of the crew had been tested resulting in 678 COVID-19 positive cases and 3,904 negative ones, according to Politico.
“The process of moving them back onto the ship was going to start Saturday — that’s what’s getting slowed down as they determine, hey, how do we make sure we are getting this right before we get them back on the ship?” a US Navy official said.