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Marine Corps Chief and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have COVID-19

Photo Credit: (DoD photo by Chad J. McNeeley)

According to a spokesperson, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley has tested positive for COVID-19 and is suffering only moderate symptoms. COVID-19 is also present in the Marine Corps, according to its commandant, Gen. David Berger.

Milley tested positive on Sunday after receiving the vaccination and a booster dose, according to Joint Chiefs spokeswoman Col. Dave Butler. Milley was isolating himself and operating remotely from a location where he could carry out all of his responsibilities, according to Butler.

The Marine Corps said in a statement that Berger also tested positive, giving no other details except to say his ability to work is unaffected. Other Joint Chiefs of Staff members tested negative, Butler said.

Milley contacted Biden on Wednesday night at the funeral of General Raymond Odierno, who died a cancer patient in October. The 63-year-old Milley tested negative several days before the contact with Biden and every day afterward until Sunday, according to the Joint Chiefs statement.

17 Jan 2022


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