A U.S. marine in Fort Belvoir, Va., tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, Virginia health officials announced Saturday.
According to Department of Defense spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman, the patient is currently being treated at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.
“The Marine recently returned from overseas where he was on official business. Secretary Esper and the White House have been briefed,” Hoffman tweeted.
A U.S Marine assigned to Fort Belvoir, VA tested positive today for COVID-19 and is currently being treated at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The Marine recently returned from overseas where he was on official business. Secretary Esper and the White House have been briefed.— Jonathan Rath Hoffman (@ChiefPentSpox) March 7, 2020
The marine is the first service member serving domestically to contract the virus.
Shortly after the confirmed case was announced, Democratic Virginia Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act MORE and Mike Warner weighed in on the situation.
“We are carefully monitoring the coronavirus case announced in Virginia today and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the Commonwealth is getting the federal support it needs to respond,” the senators said in a joint statement.
A Marine at Fort Belvoir in VIRGINIA has tested positive for the coronavirus.— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) March 8, 2020
There are now coronavirus cases in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.: pic.twitter.com/kNDL0Qw2P7
The case comes amid news of confirmed presumptive cases in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area. Saturday morning, the American Conservative Union (ACU) announced an attendee of their annual conference tested positive for the virus as well.