A senior military official who was quarantining following interaction with another uniformed leader who contracted covid-19 has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.
Gen. Gary Thomas, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, received the positive test a day after he began quarantining, the service said in a statement.
“In accordance with established Marine Corps COVID policies, General Thomas will continue to quarantine at home. He is experiencing mild symptoms, but otherwise is feeling well,” the statement said.
Thomas is the second senior official this week whose covid-19 diagnosis was announced by the Pentagon, following that of Admiral Charles Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, on Monday. Ray and Thomas were among the senior officials who attended a meeting at the Pentagon last Friday. Another was Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper was traveling.
Jonathan Hoffman, a spokesman for Esper, said in a statement that the department would follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for isolation and contact tracing.
“At this time we have no additional senior leader positive test results to report,” he said.