USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor who tested positive for coronavirus DIES after it was revealed Captain Brett Crozier feared COVID-19 would kill 50 of his crew

Monday, April 13, 2020
By Paul Martin

The unidentified sailor tested positive March 30, was taken off the ship and was put in isolation housing with four other people
He was found unresponsive Thursday and moved to the ICU at a Guam hospital
Nearly 600 sailors on the aircraft carrier, docked in Guam, have tested positive
Ten hotels in Guam have prepared to take 4,000 sailors in for quarantine
On March 30, Captain Brett Crozier sent a memo urging the Navy to respond more quickly to a coronavirus outbreak on the ship and was fired as a result
He sent the memo after a doctor warned 50 crew could die if something wasn’t done

By LEAH SIMPSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
13 April 2020

A sailor who tested positive for coronavirus on board USS Theodore Roosevelt has died.

The unidentified sailor had tested positive for the virus on March 30 and was taken off the ship and moved into isolation accommodation with four others.

On Thursday he was found unresponsive during a medical check and sailors who found him attempted CPR before he was moved to a local hospital’s intensive care unit.

‘Over the weekend, four additional Theodore Roosevelt Sailors were admitted to the hospital for monitoring. All are in stable condition, none are in ICU or on ventilators,’ a Navy official said.

The death comes after it was revealed Captain Brett Crozier knew he could face firing for breaking protocol and sending a memo urging the Navy to respond more quickly to an outbreak on the ship.

But he went ahead after a doctor warned 50 crew could lose their lives if something wasn’t done.

Nearly 600 sailors on the aircraft carrier, docked in Guam, have now tested positive for COVID-19. About 92 percent of people on the USS Theodore Roosevelt have been tested.

Nearly 80 percent of the ship’s crew of 4,000 have been evacuated from the ship and locals in Guam have become worried that their presence in 10 hotels could cause a massive outbreak in the area. People mostly are sympathetic because many in Guam are in the Navy or have relatives who are.

Not including the sailors, Guam has 133 confirmed coronavirus cases and five deaths as of Saturday.

‘I know there will be a small chorus of cynics who will oppose this decision, but now is not the time for “us versus them,”‘ Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero told reporters April 1. ‘We can protect Guam while being humane to them.’

Guam’s hotels frequently host military members, and the Department of Defense controls about a third of the island, which is 3,800 miles (6,115 kilometers) west of Honolulu and a crucial, strategic hub for U.S. forces in the Pacific.

Some residents are urging the governor to reconsider allowing the sailors to stay in hotels, including I Hagan Famalaoan Guahan, a group that supports women who are Chamorro, the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands, which include Guam.

‘Being negative today doesn’t mean that they won’t be in a week or so,’ the group said in a statement. ‘The decision to house them in the middle of our community is playing a game of chance with the health of our people.’

It’s believed sailors aboard the Roosevelt picked up the virus during a port call in Da Nang, Vietnam on March 5.

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