Senior military leaders will be tested for coronavirus again Wednesday, a defense official said, after top generals and admirals, including Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, began isolating at home following contact with a top Coast Guard official who tested positive for the virus.
The defense official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said that the leaders would receive their results Wednesday afternoon and were expected to take another test Friday — the third since the Coast Guard official, Vice Commandant Adm. Charles Ray, tested positive this week.
If the second and third tests come back negative, the leaders would then be cleared to return to their offices at the Pentagon, probably early next week. In the meantime, the official said, the officers are working from home via secure video conference and other means. Senior military officials typically have the capacity to conduct secure communications and review classified information in their homes.
The officials are isolating after interacting with Ray at a Pentagon meeting Friday. It’s not clear whether Ray’s case is related to a Sept. 27 White House event marking Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, which was attended by President Trump, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, senior military officials and families of fallen troops. Most of the attendees did not wear masks or maintain social distance.