(CNN)The chief of naval operations will self-quarantine after he came in contact with a family member who has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a US official.
Adm. Michael Gilday was tested for the virus on Friday and although he is negative at this time he will quarantine for several days, the official said.
This situation is why Gilday did not attend the White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Saturday, according to the official.
That meeting’s attendees included all of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff except for Gilday and the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Joseph Lengyel.
“Lengyel tested positive for COVID Saturday afternoon but a subsequent test Saturday was negative. He will undergo a third test Monday morning to confirm his negative status,” a Defense Department spokesman said.
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WNU Editor: The spread of the infection is worsening. It will only be a question of time before it impacts the President directly.
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