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Navy delays plans to move sailors back onto USS Theodore Roosevelt after coronavirus outbreak

The Navy will delay moving sailors back onboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, citing crew members who are still testing positive after a 14-day quarantine period.

Further testing has been halted and isolation periods are being extended for sailors, more than three weeks after the ship docked in Guam on March 27, according to a memo viewed by Politico.

“Results of out-testing portions of the TR crew following 14 days of quarantine leads us to reevaluate our assessment of how the virus can remain active in an asymptomatic host,” according to the memo sent to crew members.

The memo also suggested that the carrier’s next scheduled departure date could be delayed.

The Hill has reached out to the Navy for comment.

On Monday, 94 percent of the crew had been tested for the virus, resulting in 678 positive cases and 3,904 negative ones, according to Politico.

For now, crew members will be held off-shore in hotels, houses and facilities at the naval base in Guam.

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