Pentagon: Expect more cases of coronavirus in the military

Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Jonathan Rath Hoffman, along with Vice Director of the Joint Staff, Rear Adm. William D. Byrne Jr., and Joint Staff Surgeon, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Paul Friedrichs, hold a press conference in the Pentagon Briefing Room March, 10, 2020. MARVIN LYNCHARD/DOD
Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Jonathan Rath Hoffman, along with Vice Director of the Joint Staff, Rear Adm. William D. Byrne Jr., and Joint Staff Surgeon, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Paul Friedrichs, hold a press conference in the Pentagon Briefing Room March, 10, 2020. MARVIN LYNCHARD/DOD

Pentagon: Expect more cases of coronavirus in the military

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — A Pentagon official said Tuesday that it is likely there are more cases of coronavirus in the Defense Department than has been reported so far.

“We’re still learning how easy it is to spread this, how many people could be able to spread the virus before they actually have symptoms of the infection,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs told reporters at the Pentagon.

So far, nine people associated with the Defense Department have tested positive for the virus, including one Navy civilian and one contractor, said Friedrichs, the Joint Staff surgeon. He said it is likely, based on the spread around the world and the number of Defense Department personnel serving overseas, that there are more people who are infected. However, he said it would be guessing to say what that actual number could be.

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