Pentagon announces first death from COVID-19

Our thoughts are with this contractor's friends and family.

The Defense Department announced on Sunday that a contractor has died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • The man — a Crystal City, Virginia-based contractor with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency — passed away on Saturday, per the DoD release. 
  • It is the first death reported among DoD cases.
  • The contractor was “under medical treatment at a local hospital” since testing positive for the virus.
  • Per DoD, his workspace at DSCA was cleaned when he tested positive, and his coworkers have been teleworking. 
  • “Our condolences go out to his family, friends and co-workers and we thank the medical professionals who worked to save his life in the face of this virus,” the release says. 
Haley Britzky

Haley Britzkyis the Army reporter for Task & Purpose, covering the daily happenings in the Army and how they impact soldiers and their families, as well as broader national security issues. Originally from Texas, Haley previously worked at Axios before joining Task & Purpose in January 2019. Contact the author here.

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