Pentagon announces its first case of coronavirus, as the US Marine tests positive
- Unnamed Marine was relieved of duties on March 13, but was diagnosed on Tuesday
- The Pentagon employee has since been locked in his home with his family
- He contacted his “assigned medical facility” after signs of the deadly virus
- Pentagon investigates in advance with whom and what he has had contact with
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The Pentagon has announced its first case of coronavirus discovered in a United States Navy stationed at the agency’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
The unnamed Marine, who is an officer, has since been locked up with his wife in his home after exhibiting symptoms typical of the deadly virus, the Department of Defense said.
The U.S. Army, which was stationed at the Pentagon, was relieved from office on March 13.
However, he tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, according to the New York Post.
Two other defense personnel who visited the agency’s headquarters in Arlington also tested positive for the virus
Once he was ill, he contacted his “assigned medical facility,” according to a statement in the Military times from a Captain Joseph Butterfield.
Clearly, the Navy workspace has since been disinfected, according to the DOD.
“His workspace has been cleaned by a Pentagon response team and a thorough contact investigation is underway to mitigate the risk and maintain the health of our Marines, civilians and families,” said Captain Butterfield.
The Pentagon reported investigating who and with whom the Marine has had contact in the run-up to his diagnosis.
The Department of Defense has reported up to 453 Covid-19 cases to service personnel, contractors and civilians since Wednesday.
227 of these were troops.
The DOD said on Sunday that a contractor, who worked at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, died after a positive test for Covid-19, according to CNBC.
It is the first reported death from the virus within the DOD.
The US now has approximately 68,597 reported cases of coronavirus across the country and approximately 1,035 deaths.
It is also clear that two other defense personnel who visited the agency’s headquarters in Arlington also tested positive for the virus.
However, they were not stationed with the Pentagon in the same way as the Navy, according to a report in the New York Post.
The Pentagon currently employs more than 22,000 people, making it one of the largest office environments in the world.
In an official statement, the Pentagon said, “The Marine is isolated in his home and will be further assessed by health professionals.”