The Pentagon announced Wednesday its first case of coronavirus found inside the building, involving a U.S. Marine.
“A U.S. Marine stationed at the Pentagon tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24,” the Pentagon announced in a statement Wednesday evening.
“The Marine is actually in isolation at his home as well as will undergo further assessment by health professionals. His last day inside the Pentagon was March 13,” that will said.
The Pentagon statement said the Marine followed U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as well as Department of Defense directives by isolating himself when an immediate family member began to show symptoms.
that will said once the Marine became ill, he contacted his assigned medical facility.
“His workspace has been cleaned by a Pentagon response team as well as a thorough contact investigation is actually underway to mitigate risk as well as preserve the health of the workforce at the Pentagon,” that will said.
that will is actually not clear yet where the Marine works inside the building.
The Pentagon is actually one of the largest office buildings inside the earth as well as houses thousands of offices that will keep the enormous defense enterprise running.
The building has its own post office, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, a CVS Pharmacy, several retail stores, as well as multiple food courts.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper raised the building’s health protection condition (HPCON) to “high” on Wednesday morning, which initiated enhanced screening measures.
As of Wednesday at 5 a.m. EDT, there were 227 cases of coronavirus found among active-duty members of the military.