Gen. Gary L. Thomas, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, has tested positive for Covid-19, the Marine Corps said in a statement Wednesday.
As CNN reported, Thomas had had been in self-quarantine since Tuesday after being notified he had been in close contact with a person who later tested positive for the virus.
“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. Since April, the Marine Corps has been following CDC and DoD guidelines for temperature testing, social distancing to the greatest extent possible, and the wearing of masks when social distancing is not possible. The Marine Corps remains operationally ready to answer the Nation’s call,” the statement said.
CNN reported yesterday Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, and several members of the Pentagon’s senior leadership, including Thomas, were quarantining after a top Coast Guard official tested positive for coronavirus.
As President Trump’s top military adviser, Milley maintains a full classified communications suite in his house, and nobody in that group has tested positive at this point beside Thomas.
The chief of staff of the US Air Force, Charles Brown, the chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday and the chief of Space Operations, Gen. John Raymond, also are all working from home, according to several officials.
Additional officials who were also working from alternate locations or from home include: Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Gen. James McConville, chief of staff of the Army; Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard; Gen. Paul Nakasone, US Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency.
“We are aware of General Thomas’ positive test for COVID-19. At this time we have no additional senior leader positive test results to report. We will continue to follow CDC guidance for self-quarantining and contact tracing,” Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement Wednesday.