THE first member of the US military from Coronavirus has been reported.
A New Jersey Army National Guardsman passed away on Saturday after being hospitalized since March 21, according to a statement issued by the Department of Defense.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a statement: “Today is a sad day for the Department of Defense as we have lost our first America service member – active, reserve or Guard – to Coronavirus.”
“This is a stinging loss for our military community, and our condolences go out to his family, friends, civilian co-workers and the entire National Guard community.
“The news of this loss strengthens our resolve to work ever more closely with our interagency partners to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
In January, the Department of Defense began adopting dramatic mitigation measures to protect its service members, civilian employees, contractors and their families, the statement red.
These included mandating social distancing, terminating certain work and training activities, and providing testing and care for the military community.
No further details were provided about the Guard who died on Saturday from the virus, which, as of Monday, had killed more than 2,900 Americans.
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