The coronavirus is plaguing the USS Theodore Roosevelt again.
The number of sailors who have retested positive for the virus — despite appearing to have already recovered from the disease — has now risen to 13, US defense officials told Politico.
That’s up from five twice-positive sailors reported on Friday.
Several of the crew members who have tested positive have come down with new symptoms like headaches and body aches, one official said.
In late April, the Roosevelt’s crew had started returning to the ship, which has been stranded in Guam, after quarantining or isolating in the territory following the outbreak.
There are 2,900 sailors aboard the ship as of Thursday, according to the outlet. But the diagnoses have slowed the process of restaffing the vessel, since crew must test negative before boarding.
Sailors who have tested positive are being sent back to the US Naval base on Guam for another round of isolation.
“This week, a small number of TR Sailors who previously tested COVID positive and met rigorous recovery criteria have retested positive,” said Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Myers Vasquez told Politico. “These protocols resulted in a small number of close contacts who were also removed from the ship, quarantined and tested.
“The ship remains on the road to recovery and will prepare to get back underway once a critical mass of crew with the required expertise is onboard,” Vasquez added.
It’s not yet clear when the Roosevelt will return to the seas, with Vasquez saying it will be a “condition-based” decision.
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