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oint Base Andrews and several other installations in the Washington D.C. area increased their health protection condition to HPCON Charlie at 3 p.m. today in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a media release.
A Crystal City-based contractor, who worked at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, passed away on March 21, Pentagon officials said in a media release.
“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first death of someone working for DoD who had tested positive for COVID-19,” officials tell Military Times.
The first case of COVID-19 has appeared at the home of two of the military’s top commands.
An active sailor assigned to U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, is currently undergoing evaluation and treatment following a positive novel coronavirus test, the command said Saturday morning in a media release.
Commands across the Navy have been ordered to take every measure possible to avoid large formations or gatherings as a means to stem the growing tide of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and the military community, officials confirmed.
While most moves, travel and deployments have come to a screeching halt throughout the military, the services are continuing to ship recruits off to basic training, provided they pass initial screening for coronavirus.
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