More National Guard members who worked during protests test positive for COVID-19

Three more members of the Nebraska National Guard who helped with crowd control during recent protests in Lincoln and Omaha have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Three more members of the Nebraska National Guard who helped with crowd control during recent protests in Lincoln and Omaha have tested positive for COVID-19.

The new cases bring the total number of soldiers infected to five.

A guard spokesman told Channel 8 Eyewitness News on Monday it wasn’t clear whether the first two who tested positive contracted the virus during the protests.

The infected guard members were self isolating, as were members of their unit, the spokesman said. All members who were on duty during the protests will be tested.

Nearly 600 members of the Nebraska National Guard were assigned to assist law enforcement agencies beginning May 31 following protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Bryan Health officials said Monday morning it’s too soon to tell whether there may be an increase in cases following a week of protests over Floyd’s death.

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