Pentagon chief tests positive for COVID-19

Pentagon chief tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday tested positive for COVID-19, the second time the Pentagon chief is known to have contracted the virus. 

Austin, 69, said in a statement he is experiencing “mild symptoms” and will quarantine at home for the next five days, in accordance with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

“I will retain all authorities and plan to maintain my normal work schedule virtually from home,” Austin added. 

Austin said he was last in contact in person with President Biden on July 29, more than two weeks ago.  

Austin, meanwhile, last tested positive for the virus in early January. He also experienced mild symptoms at the time. 

“Now, as in January, my doctor told me that my fully vaccinated status, including two booster shots, is why my symptoms are less severe than would otherwise be the case,” Austin noted.