U.S. Marine tests positive for coronavirus, receiving treatment at Fort Belvoir

Posted at 7:40 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 21:33:06-05

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - A U.S. Marine has tested positive for coronavirus after his return from overseas.

Johnathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Security of Defense for Public Affairs, says a Marine assigned to Fort Belvoir tested positive for COVID-19.

The marine is currently receiving treatment at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, according to a tweet by Hoffman.

The marine recently returned from handling official business overseas.

Hoffman says Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, and the White House have been notified of the positive testing.

Officials at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and the Virginia Department of Health are working together and are in close communication with federal, state, local, and private sector partners, according to a statement released by the Virginia Department of Health.

Public health officials caution that evidence has not been seen of COVID-19 spreading in Virginia and said the risk is low.