Top military leaders in quarantine after Coast Guard admiral tests positive for Covid-19

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The top leaders of all the military services are under quarantine after the Coast Guard’s No. 2 officer tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, according to administration officials.

Adm. Charles Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, had felt “mild symptoms” over the weekend and got tested Monday, according to a Coast Guard statement.

Senior Pentagon leadership who had been in close contact with Ray all tested negative on Tuesday, and are all self-quarantining, a defense official said.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff includes the chairman, vice chairman, and the four-star heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard and Space Force.

“All the Joint Chiefs have all the capability to [conduct] command and control and direct forces from wherever they are working,” the defense official said.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz has been on travel and has not been in contact with Ray, according to spokesperson Jay Guyer.

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