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USS Theodore Roosevelt heads back to sea this week after being sidelined by coronavirus

The ship will set sail with a scaled-back crew of about 3,000, leaving about 1,800 sailors on shore who are still in quarantine.

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the USS Theodore Roosevelt will return to sea later this week, nearly two months after the ship was sidelined in Guam with a rapidly growing coronavirus outbreak. 

Navy Capt. Carlos Sardiello tells The Associated Press the ship will set sail with a scaled-back crew of about 3,000, leaving about 1,800 sailors on shore who are still in quarantine.

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Those include up to 14 sailors who recently tested positive again, just days after getting cleared to return to the carrier. 

The puzzling COVID-19 reappearance in the sailors fuels questions about the quality of the testing, and just how long sailors may remain infected or contagious. 

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