Hawaii National Guards test positive for COVID-19 after Washington DC deployment

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A cluster of National Guard members from Hawaii has tested positive for coronavirus after returning home from their Washington DC deployment.

The seven soldiers were among nearly 200 of the guard sent to the nation’s capital to beef up security for President Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser said Thursday.

The Hawaiian contingent were part of the 25,000 troops deployed to DC following the Jan. 6 storming of the US Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

“The seven that are positive remain in isolation and are asymptomatic,” the Hawaii National Guard said in a press release.

“Those seven and their families have the full support of the Hawaii National Guard,” the release said. “The state Department of Health has been notified and is assisting with contact tracing.”

The guard members returned to Hawaii over the weekend on four military flights — with another flight arriving Tuesday, KITV-News reported.

All of the troops were tested after they arrived, with the seven testing positive.

Last week, a US official told Reuters that as many as 200 National Guard troops deployed to DC for the inauguration later tested positive for the pandemic.

With Post wires

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