Several members of the U.S. Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff are quarantining after the vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Charles Ray, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
The decision to have several members of the joint chiefs quarantine is "out of an abundance of caution," according to a Tuesday statement by Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.
"No Pentagon contacts have exhibited symptoms, and we have no additional positive tests to report at this time," Hoffman said.
The Department of Defense is also conducting contact tracing. The quarantined members are those who have met recently with Admiral Ray, including Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman John Hyten, Space Force Gen. Jay Raymond, Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Navy Admiral Michael Gilday, and Army Gen. James McConville. One leader each from U.S. Special Operations, the National Guard, U.S. Cyber Command, and the National Security Administration also were exposed to Ray and are in quarantine. The Department of Defense says no one in the group but Ray has shown symptoms or tested positive for the virus.
"There is no change to the operational readiness or mission capability of the U.S. Armed Forces," Hoffman said. "Senior military leaders are able to remain fully mission capable and perform their duties from an alternative work location."