“In accordance with the Marine Corps’ established COVID guidelines, General Thomas will continue to quarantine at home. He has mild symptoms but otherwise feels fine,” the statement said. “Since April, the Marine Corps has followed CDC and DoD guidelines for temperature testing, social distancing as much as possible, and the wearing of masks when social distancing is not possible. The Marine Corps remains operationally ready to answer the nation’s call.”
U.S. top general, General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chief, and several members of the Pentagon̵
By Wednesday evening, no one except Thomas had tested positive in this group.
“We are aware of General Thomas’ positive test for COVID-19. We currently have no additional positive test results for executives,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement on Wednesday.
However, the general’s positive test heightened concerns about a possible coronavirus outbreak at the Pentagon, one of the largest office buildings in the world, where such an event could pose a health threat to the thousands of workers who work there, as well as a threat to nationals in security.
The list of those in Trump’s small circle who tested positive includes his senior advisor, press secretary, campaign manager, former advisor, personal assistant, four press officers, three Republican senators, first lady Melania Trump and, at the weekend, a member of the military who direct serving the president.
Hoffman said the Pentagon will continue to follow instructions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on self-quarantine and contact tracing.
Additional military officials who also worked from another location or from home include:
General John Hyten, vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; General James McConville, Army Chief of Staff; General Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard; General Paul Nakasone, US Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency.
This story has been updated with additional background information.