The Pentagon said that the Joint Chiefs of Staff and several other senior uniformed officials are in self-quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus.
"On Monday, the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Charles Ray, tested positive for COVID-19. He was tested the same day, after feeling mild symptoms over the weekend," the Coast Guard said in a statement. "The Coast Guard is following established policies for COVID, per CDC guidelines, to include quarantine and contact tracing. According to CDC guidelines, any Coast Guard personnel that were in close contact will also quarantine. In accordance with established Coast Guard COVID policies, Admiral Ray will be quarantining from home."
Ray had several meetings with top commanders from each branch of the service last week in secured areas of the Pentagon. The Pentagon's senior leadership also attended a White House reception last week for "Gold Star" families. President Donald Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, attended the event and have since tested positive for COVID-19.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff were all tested, and the results came back negative, but they were told to quarantine as a precaution.
The top U.S. general, Gen. Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Charles Brown, the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday, the Chief of Space Operations, Gen. John Raymond, and the head of the U.S. Cyber Command, Gen. Paul Nakasone are all in quarantine and will be working from home.
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