According to the Navy, returning sailors can do so after completing a period of isolation or quarantine and testing negative for the virus twice. The first sailors to return to the ship will be those “responsible for critical services on board.”
Those sailors who had remained on the ship as part of the “watch” team will now move ashore in Guam and wait at least 14 days to ensure they test negative for the coronavirus. Once all of that happens, the Navy hopes to send the aircraft carrier back out to sea.
As of Tuesday, the ship has fewer positive cases than the day before for the first time. There were 940 cases, compared with 955 on Monday, reflecting an increase in the number of sailors who have recovered.
The sailors were informed that while the results of the swab tests would be provided to each of them, individual results of the blood tests would not, because of the research nature of the work. Their hope had been that 1,000 sailors would volunteer to take part, according to the Navy, but only about 400 crew members participated.
CNN’s Caroline Kelly and Ryan Browne contributed to this report.