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Coronavirus Kills First Sailor Onboard Navy Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt

The first sailor from the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt has died on Monday, two weeks after the aircraft carrier’s former skipper warned that “there will be losses” as the novel coronavirus onboard the ship.

The fate of Theodore Roosevelt became a national political issue after a dire warning from Capt. Brett Crozier was leaked to the media, leading to Crozier’s firing, public outrage, and the subsequent resignation of acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Crozier’s nightmare prediction now seems to be coming true.

A sailor from the Theodore Roosevelt passed away from coronavirus-related complications in the intensive care unit of U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, the U.S. Pacific Fleet announced on Monday, four days after the sailor was found unresponsive in an isolation house.

The sailor had been removed from the ship on March 30 after testing positive for the virus. The Navy has not released the sailor’s name, as the next-of-kin have not yet been notified.

The aircraft carrier has been in Guam since March 27, a little over two weeks after the ship left a port call in Da Nang, Vietnam. Dozens of sailors had spent the last night of the Da Nang visit at a hotel where two other guests tested positive for the coronavirus.

The virus has a two-week incubation period.

Crozier asked to evacuate the ship down to a skeleton crew, but Navy superiors proposed less drastic isolation measures and attempted to keep the ship in operation. Modly and residents of Guam reportedly worried that the island territory could not accommodate thousands of evacuees from the ship.

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