Some members of the Washington, D.C. National Guard have tested positive for the coronavirus following the nationwide protests against police brutality in the past two weeks.
The Guard was deployed in various states across the country in response to the mainly peaceful protests taking place in response to George Floyd’s murder. Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25, sparking demonstrations in his home city and beyond.
“We can confirm that we have had COVID-19 positive tests with the DCNG,” D.C. National Guard spokeswoman Lt. Col. Brooke Davis told McClatchy, which was first to report the news of the positive tests.
“The safety and security of our personnel is always a concern, especially in light of the COVID-19 era,” she added.