The first US Navy Sailor from the USS Theodore Roosevelt died on April 13 from complications related to the Corona Virus. On April 9 he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam.
The sailor was first diagnosed with Corona Virus on March 30 and was moved to an “isolation house” on Guam with four other Sailors.
He was found unconscious by on site medical staff on April 9 at 8:30am during a routine medical check by the Navy medical team. The sailor was given CPR by onsite medical staff and fellow Sailors before being transported to the ICU, reported by the US Navy’s official site.
The sailors name will be released 24 hours after the next of kin has been notified.
“This is a great loss for the ship and for our Navy,” said Adm. Mike Gilday the Chief of Naval Operations. “My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, and we pledge our full support to the ship and crew as they continue their fight against the coronavirus. While our ships, submarines and aircraft are made of steel, sailors are the real strength of our Navy.”
There are now 585 reported cases of the Corona Virus among the crew assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy reports that nearly 4000 sailors have been moved off of the vessel.
Captain Brett Crozier attempted to mitigate the spread of the Corona Virus outbreak when he broke the chain of command begging for assistance. This led to the Captain being fired by then acting Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Modly, who then criticized the captain while he addressed the crew onboard the Roosevelt, and, after the public backlash, he stepped down shortly after.