Earlier in the day, Acting Minister of the Navy Thomas Modly said there were “several” more cases on board the ship, but he had not given a specific number.
“We are currently testing 100% of the ship’s crew to ensure that we can contain the spread,” Modly told Pentagon reporters at a Thursday morning briefing. There are approximately 5,000 employees on board the transport company.
According to Modly, the Roosevelt is moving to Guam. “No one in the crew is allowed to leave for Guam anywhere other than on the pier side,” he said.
The ship was the last one in port in Vietnam more than two weeks ago. It is not clear where the seafarers originally contracted the virus. The Navy is now about to fly all of the personnel off the ship.
The nearly eight-fold increase in the number of positive cases on board the ship in two days is the latest red flag for how the pandemic will affect the US military. There are now a total of 280 service members who have tested positive for the new corona virus from Thursday morning. This corresponds to an increase of 53 compared to 227 on Wednesday. There are nearly 600 positive cases across the Department of Defense, including civilians, dependents and contractors. According to Modly, 1
Esper also raised health protection status for all defenses around the world, restricting access and promoting teleworking across the department.
Despite social distance measures being taken across the department as well as across the country, Joint Staff Surgeon Brig. General Paul Friedrichs said on Wednesday to reporters at the Pentagon: “We believe we will see this in the next three weeks – none Surprise – keep growing “, the most distant that you can model.
President Donald Trump said he plans to reopen the economy by Easter.
“We believe that the best way to limit or mitigate this growth is through the measures we talked about,” said Friedrichs. “I don’t think speculating on a particular date is very valuable.”