- Title: U.S. sailor from coronavirus-hit aircraft carrier dies after contracting virus
- Date: 13th April 2020
- Summary: DANANG CITY, VIETNAM (RECENT - MARCH 05, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT SAILING INTO TIEN SA PORT IN DANANG CITY VARIOUS OF TWO MEN LOOKING AT THE CARRIER THROUGH BINOCULARS A WILD MONKEY SITTING AS THE CARRIER PASSING BY MAN FISHING FROM A ROCK AS THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT PASSING BY VARIOUS OF USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT
- Keywords: Brett Crozier COVID-19 Donald Trump Theodore Roosevelt Tomas Modly U.S. Navy carrier coronavirus sailor
- Reuters ID: LVA004C9BRJUV
- Location: APRA HARBOR, GUAM + DANANG CITY, VIETNAM + GUAM, UNITED STATES + UNKNOWN LOCATION + YOKOSUKA, JAPAN
- City: APRA HARBOR, GUAM + DANANG CITY, VIETNAM + GUAM, UNITED STATES + UNKNOWN LOCATION + YOKOSUKA, JAPAN
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:00:42
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: A U.S. Navy sailor died on Monday (April 13) after contracting the coronavirus, marking the first death of a sailor assigned to the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.
Late last month the captain of the aircraft carrier, in a blunt letter, called on Navy leadership for stronger measures to save the lives of his sailors and stop the spread of the coronavirus aboard the huge ship.
"We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset - our sailors," Captain Brett Crozier wrote.
So far, about 585 sailors aboard the nuclear-powered carrier have tested positive for the coronavirus. About 4,000 sailors have been moved from the carrier to facilities in Guam, where the ship has been docked after the number of cases started increasing.
That letter, which was obtained by a number of news outlets, set in motion a series of events that led to Crozier's firing and the resignation last week of acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly.
Modly's resignation followed mounting backlash for his firing and ridiculing Crozier.
The sailor, who had been admitted to an intensive care unit in Guam last week, died from coronavirus-related complications, the Navy said in a statement.
This marks the first death of a sailor in the Navy, which so far has had almost 900 sailors test positive for the virus.
"The entire Department is deeply saddened by the loss of our first active duty member to COVID-19. Our thoughts are with the family of the USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor who lost his battle with the virus today. We remain committed to protecting our personnel and their families while continuing to assist in defeating this outbreak," said Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper in a statement.
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