Adm. Michael Gilday was tested for the virus on Friday and although he is negative at this time he will quarantine for several days, the official said.
That meeting’s attendees included all of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff except for Gilday and the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Joseph Lengyel.
“Lengyel tested positive for COVID Saturday afternoon but a subsequent test Saturday was negative. He will undergo a third test Monday morning to confirm his negative status,” a Defense Department spokesman said.
Gilday has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as the Navy has sought to combat the spread of coronavirus as well as deal with the fallout from the pandemic’s outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
US officials told CNN that following that initial investigation, Gilday had recommended that Crozier be reinstated.
However, while Navy officials expected Defense Secretary Mark Esper to endorse Gilday’s recommendations, following a meeting with Esper the Navy launched a broader inquiry into the matter.
This story has been updated with additional developments.