The National Guard in Minnesota plans to test all members deployed after one person is positive for Covid-19 and nine others develop symptoms.
Minnesota has deployed nearly 7,000 National Guards to deal with protests against the death of George Floyd, according to spokesman Scott Hawks on June 2.
“When mobilized, all of our members had their health checked, including Covid-19 symptoms,” said Lieutenant Colonel Dean Stulz. He added that a member of the force was positive for Covid-19 and placed in isolation. “Screening and testing members has been a part of our plan since the first days. This is not an action in response to having a National Guard member being positive for the virus. ”
It’s unclear when the member was positive for the virus and how much he interacted with other members and the public, according to CNBC.
“We have made every effort to wear masks and encourage social distance if possible. However, when protecting people or buildings, you must stand shoulder to shoulder, ”Mr. Hawks declared. “These are the risks that we must accept to keep the public safe, restore peace and order.”
Epidemiologists and public health experts worry that massive protests across the US in recent days could make the corona virus spread faster.
Extensive testing of people participating in the protests will be key to ensuring that the virus does not spread from protests to new communities, said Dr. David Eisenman, director of the Center for Public Health. and Disaster at the University of California at Los Angeles said.
Activities that take place at protests such as shouting and shouting slogans can spread the virus more, epidemiologist Bob Bednarczyk at Emory University said. Participants must stand close to each other while shouting and shouting slogans. These are the two factors that contribute to the spread of viruses. He also added that the use of tear gas with groups of protesters could also make people cough and spread the virus even wider.