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First Pentagon employee tests positive for COVID-19

26th March 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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A US Marine stationed at the Pentagon has tested positive for coronavirus. The case was confirmed by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 24 March and is the first reported incident at DoD HQ.

The individual was last inside the Pentagon on 13 March but a team is carrying out a contact investigation in order to mitigate the risk of contamination to other Pentagon staff. A deep clean of his workspace is also being carried out.

The DoD statement also indicated that a family member of the Marine has begun showing symptoms of the virus and both are at home in self-isolation. 

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