On Friday last week, Karoblis met with Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, Tata, and the secretaries of the Army and Air Force, Hoffman said.
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Anthony Tata, a retired Army general now in the top policy job at the Pentagon, has tested positive for the coronavirus following a recent visit to Washington, D.C.by Lithuania's defense minister, officials said late Thursday. "Additionally, DoD personnel who had contact with the delegation have received or are receiving at this time rapid COVID tests as deemed necessary based on CDC protocols". The assistant commandant of the Marine Corps later also tested positive for the virus. Lewandowski said he believed he contracted the virus in Philadelphia while assisting the president's election challenge there.
The statement only said Tata had become ill.
Last month nearly all of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff went into self-quarantine after two senior military officials who attended a top-level meeting tested positive for COVID-19.
There also was an outbreak at the Pentagon last month when Adm. Charles W. Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, found out he had tested positive for the coronavirus after meeting in the Pentagon with members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"As a result of the embassy notification, Mr. Tata was tested (Thursday) and has tested positive for COVID-19 on two successive tests", chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement. James Anderson, who had been acting undersecretary, resigned last week, shortly after Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper and named Miller the acting Pentagon chief.
But Hoffman said Miller as well as the military service secretaries aren't quarantining since they followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines in their meetings with the Lithuanian delegation.