National Guard soldier dies after testing positive for coronavirus and being hospitalized
- A National Guardsman from New Jersey died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday.
- The death marked the first time a US service member died from the disease.
- It was not immediately clear if the service member had a preexisting medical condition.
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A National Guardsman from New Jersey died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday. The Guardsman was hospitalized since March 21.The death marked the first time a United States service member died from the disease. It was not immediately clear if the service member had a preexisting medical condition.Advertisement
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"The news of this loss strengthens our resolve to work ever more closely with our interagency partners to stop the spread of COVID-19," Esper added.The service member who died was identified as an active-drilling officer with the National Guard and a physician's assistant, according to WHBQ-TV.
Service members from the New Jersey National Guard were activated by Gov. Phil Murphy on March 16, as the state enacted restrictions on non-essential businesses and public areas.The state has over 16,635 cases and 198 deaths as of Monday afternoon. This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.Advertisement
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