On July 23 a Marine assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, tasked with transporting the president, tested positive for the potentially deadly COVID-19, Politico reported.
The squadron, based in Quantico, Virginia, operates “Marine One” and tasked with transporting the president when traveling short distances.
The Marine is currently “quarantined and recovering” from the virus, Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Joseph Butterfield told Marine Corps Times Monday.
There have been 3,110 Marines that have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday, according to the DoD.
In late March, the Navy hospital ship Comfort was sent to New York City from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, with more than 1,100 Navy medical personnel and a company of Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The Marine, along with the squadron was in Bedminster, New Jersey, ahead of President Donald Trump’s planned weekend visit when the command was informed of the positive case, Politico reported.
The unit performs between 80 and 100 “random and targeted” tests for the virus every week, Butterfield told Marine Corps Times in a Monday email.
“The infected Marine was never in direct contact with the President’s helicopter, Marine One,” Butterfield sad in the email.
“To ensure the cleanliness of all HMX-1 aircraft in Bedminster, HMX-1 is sanitizing each helicopter in accordance with the guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control,” he added.