Navy must plan for more coronavirus outbreaks on ships, Hyten says

Navy must plan for more coronavirus outbreaks on ships, Hyten says

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The Navy should expect more ships to have outbreaks of the coronavirus after more than 400 sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt contracted the illness, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday.

“I think it's not a good idea to think that the Teddy Roosevelt as a one of a kind issue. We have too many ships at sea, we have too many deployed capabilities … To think that it will never happen again is not a good way to plan,” Hyten said during a news conference at the Pentagon.

Almost the entire 4,800-member crew of the aircraft carrier has been tested, with 3,170 sailors testing negative and 416 sailors testing positive, Hyten said. Of the sailors who have the virus, 187 sailors had symptoms and 229 were asymptomatic.

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