A hundred crew members aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt are stricken with the coronavirus according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Wall Street Journal reports "at least 70".
Space limitations on military ships do not lend themselves with social distancing so the Aircraft Carrier Captain Pleads for Help from the Navy.
The captain of a nuclear aircraft carrier with more than 100 sailors infected with the coronavirus pleaded Monday with U.S. Navy officials for resources to allow isolation of his entire crew and avoid possible deaths in a situation he described as quickly deteriorating.
The unusual plea from Capt. Brett Crozier, a Santa Rosa native, came in a letter obtained exclusively by The Chronicle and confirmed by a senior officer on board the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, which has been docked in Guam following a COVID-19 outbreak among the crew of more than 4,000 less than a week ago.
Similarly, the WSJ reports Captain of Virus-Stricken Navy Aircraft Carrier Asks for More Help
“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die,” wrote Capt. Brett Crozier, commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that had been operating in the Pacific.
“If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset—our sailors.”
In his memo, Capt. Crozier described the limitations of testing, saying that of the first 33 sailors tested for coronavirus, seven who tested negative displayed symptoms of infection one to three days later.
Capt. Crozier said that the ship’s close quarters rendered the carrier unable to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing. He wrote that close quarters, shared meals and bathroom spaces are “most conducive” to the spread of the virus.
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