A USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor with coronavirus was taken to the ICU as the number of cases on the aircraft carrier rises

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The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), front, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59), left, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), transit in formation.

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  • After testing positive for the coronavirus, a sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has been taken to the US Naval Hospital Guam and placed in an intensive care unit, the Navy said Thursday.
  • The sailor, who was reportedly found unresponsive in isolation, is the first USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor to be hospitalized since the outbreak began a little over two weeks ago.
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A US Navy sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt was taken to the hospital and placed in an intensive care unit Thursday, the Navy said in an emailed statement to Insider.

The sailor, who tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, March 30, was taken to the US Naval Hospital Guam, the statement said. At the time of hospitalization, the sailor was in a 14-day quarantine at Naval Base Guam.

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten further confirmed the sailor's hospitalization at a Pentagon press briefing Thursday morning.

NBC News first reported the story, and said the sailor was found unresponsive in isolation.

As of Thursday morning, the number of sailors who have tested positive for the coronavirus aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt was 416, significantly higher than the 286 cases reported by the Navy on Wednesday. The Navy is still waiting on the results of more than one thousand tests.

Reportedly among the positive cases is the carrier's former commanding officer Capt. Brett Crozier, who was relieved of command last Thursday by ex-acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly after a letter raising alarms about a coronavirus outbreak onboard leaked to the media.

Modly resigned Tuesday after a speech he delivered to the ship's crew criticizing the former CO leaked to the press.

The sailor taken to the ICU Thursday is the first USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor to be hospitalized since the outbreak began aboard the carrier a little over two weeks ago.

Navy leadership has repeatedly emphasized that there have been no hospitalizations and that all sailors appear to have only mild or moderate symptoms.

"Sadly, this morning we had our first hospitalization of the one sailor," Hyten said at the Pentagon. "Deep down, I was hoping we would never get to the point. I was hoping the numbers would be zero at the end of this. But, that's just not going to be the case with coronavirus."

"We're hoping that sailor recovers," he added. "We are praying for him and his family and his shipmates."

Update: This post has been updated with comments from Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten.

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