The US Air Force confirmed a pilot and military contractor were infected with Covid-19, both of whom worked at the Pentagon before becoming ill.
These are the first cases of Covid-19 inside the world’s largest office building, The Hill said. This pilot works for the National Defense Health Agency at Church Falls, Virginia. The man arrived at the Pentagon in about an hour, the US Air Force said in the March 20 news.
The pilot is receiving medical treatment and isolating himself at home. Military and civil officials in contact with the sick were informed to take prompt quarantine.
As for the military contractor working at the Pentagon on March 2, the man has isolated and medical treatment since March 7, the US Air Force said. The contractor also attended a symposium at Andrews Complex, Maryland on 3-6 March.
This person had no symptoms at the event, but the air force informed the people involved for corona virus testing for screening. Virginia state health authorities issued low-level risk warnings, based on asymptomatic individuals at the symposium.
Meanwhile, the US Army Command in Europe (EUCOM) said 2,600 US military personnel across Europe were likely exposed to the corona virus. General Tod Wolters, EUCOM commander told reporters that not all soldiers were isolated, but later the Pentagon clarified the problem that they isolated themselves as a precautionary measure due to travel or other reason.
“These people are not necessarily infected, but may have been in close contact with people infected with Covid-19 and are taking necessary precautions,” General Wolters said without giving details on how they were isolated.
General Wolters said 35 of the 72,000 American soldiers in Europe were positive for Covid-19. On 20 March, the Pentagon confirmed 124 cases of Covid-19-positive military-related cases, including 67 soldiers, 15 civilians, 26 family members, and 16 military contractors.