Report: After being forced into cramped quarters, over 100 National Guard members have tested positive for COVID-19

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According to a report from Politico, over 100 members of the National Guard have tested positive for COVID-19 after they were “packed… together like sardines” in parking garages in a move that drew bipartisan outrage after Guardsmen provided security for President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Politico notes that the Guard has not released an official number of positive cases, but the Wall Street Journal puts the current figure at “close to 200,” noting that continued deployment of the guard in less-than-ideal conditions in Washington, D.C. risks rampant spread of the virus.

The conditions confronting the National Guard provoked national outrage on Thursday after pictures emerged of guard members taking extended rest breaks packed together in crowded parking garages. By one reckoning, about 5,000 Guard members were forced to share a single toilet.

The decision to order the Guard into these patently unacceptable quarters was apparently made by an as-yet unidentified member of the Capitol Police. According to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), that individual “issued an order without authority or without going through the chain of command. We are going to be able to identify who that person was.”

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In addition to the discomfort and disrespect shown to the Guard members who were shunted into these conditions, it appears that the order likely contributed to what has now become a sizeable outbreak of COVID-19 among Guard members.

“Ideally, these guys should all be in hotels. When they’re taking rest time, they should be taking it outside the campus with an ability to be separated and socially distanced. Ultimately we’ve got to make sure that they’re not taking their extended rest time on campus, that they’re in hotel rooms,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

Although the inauguration was the ostensible reason for such a large National Guard presence in Washington, D.C., members of Congress from both parties anticipate that some measure of National Guard presence will be required at least through March, in order to provide increased security during the opening few months of the new Congress.

In addition to those who have already tested positive, an additional “several hundred” members of the Guard are currently being quarantined in hotels after coming into contact with known positive cases.

Congressional leadership in both chambers has made testing 100 percent of the remaining force a top priority, and claim to be working on aggressive protocols to protect the Guard members who remain.

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5 Comments

  1. Democrats are in control and this is the way our military is treated but are expected to face death protecting the same people that spit on them. Sound like Viet Nam all over. SHAME!

  2. So, an unidentified member of the Capitol Police ordered the Guard into this situation, and that “Member” of the Capitol Police WILL be IDENTIFIED? Okay, why? For what purpose? What will happen to him/her/it? I’m betting there will be a 30 second mention on the Nightly News that this person was identified, and lost their job, only to be followed the next day, or so, announcing a new Cabinet Level position that can only be filled by, you guessed it, that “Unidentified Capitol Police Member”! Congress, and Government at all levels, has always rewarded mediocrity and incompetence…

  3. As always you know they will say it’s trump fault . Old joe don’t care , that’s why he’s hiding in the white house basement . So much for his fixing the China virus in our country when he can’t even fix it in his new white house . Same old story … do as I say , not as I do . What were they thinking when putting so many in one spot . Knowing the China virus is still running hot ??? . Last I heard the delusional democrats now think it’s time to open up the country again when crap like this is still runs hot . Guess it’s one way to thin out the deplorables . Deprograming them will make them as bad as the delusional democrats . Don’t need any baby killers running lose that still might turn on the delusional democrats after being trained to burn , loot and kill like they do . You cant make stupid shit like this up . The delusional democrats must dream this crap at nite then try doing it in the day time . Must be nice to loot and steal anything you want . As far as killing go’s … hell I was already trained to do that in the army . recon , weapon specialist . But I could use some new shoes , maybe some new pants too . Where do we go for the reprogramming ??? I feel sorry for the young men serving now for a country that doesn’t give a rats ass about them . Their there now for the delusional democrats use for what ever they feel like doing . The army isn’t protecting the country any more , there only a private army now and not for the people . They will take away the honor you have for serving your country as we befor did . God’s speed on a recovery to the men and women affected by the China virus . I as a vet still salutes you for your serves to my country and what it once was … FREEDOM

  4. hopefully they will pass it on to the demonrats who are responsible for the chicom virus. The more dead demonrats, the better for our freedom, even though we know they will continue to vote demonrat for at least another50 yrs. Civil war/military coup coming that will eradicate the virus and its sponsors. Then we can have a return of freedom

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