WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of the District of Columbia National Guard have been diagnosed with COVID-19 following massive protests in the US capital last week, Lt. Col. Brooke Davis, a National Guard spokeswoman, reported. .
The National Guard will not disclose the total number of items that tested positive, Davis said, but federal officials said they believe there are not many, at least so far.RELATED
Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information to the public. Positive diagnostic tests were first reported by McClatchy.
Although some of the National Guard elements that responded to the demonstrations wore protective equipment, most of them did not wear masks and it was practically impossible to maintain social distance.
Through a statement, Davis said that unit commanders were responsible for ensuring that their troops adhered to guidelines that members of the National Guard should use protective equipment and maintain social distancing where possible.
The spokeswoman said that diagnostic tests were carried out on the troops before their arrival, and that further tests will be carried out before they leave.
According to authorities, about 5,000 elements of the National Guard were deployed to face civilian mobilizations, including about 1,200 members of the D.C. The rest come from 11 other states: Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.
According to officials, Guard members returning to their home states must remain active and will continue to be paid for an additional two weeks so that they can be quarantined if they have been at risk of contracting the coronavirus.