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

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.”

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.

6 thoughts on “After being forced into cramped quarters, over 100 National Guard members have tested positive for COVID-19

  1. Where the hell was Biden and what was he doing about this travesty of selfish, disgusting, dangerous, disrespectful treatment of the people deployed to protect his and the other undeserving, self centered jack asses?
    Oh, I forgot. They are democrats so any and all actions or non-actions by them is perfectly fine no mater how inhuman said actions may be.

  2. This all rolls back to our new President. It is totally his fault. That the National Guard is now infected by covid-19. These service men & women were needed,, then when not needed, they were Forced in to a cramped space. Which is completely WRONG. with the current health standards. Our new president is totally to blame

    1. Impeach the selfish inconsiderate bastard. The old saying is “Do unto others as they do unto you”. This “Catholic” president is also “PRO ABORTTION”. I wish his mother would have practiced that.

  3. That is the democrats for you. Over kill on security and spending tax dollars for nothing. Then treating the troops like yard dogs and exposing them to the virus.. Thanks democrats for doing what you are telling the public not to do…

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