first published on March 31, 2020 by Will
A New Jersey National Guard physicians assistant became the first US service member to die as a result of contracting the Covid-19 coronavirus, according to the Pentagon.
CPT Douglas Linn Hickok had been hospitalized since Mar. 21, 2020. According to the reports, Hickock was not one of the Guardsmen who had been activated for the pandemic.
I am deeply saddened by the COVID-19-related death of Army Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok, a physician assistant & New Jersey National Guardsman. All of us in the #NationalGuard are grateful for his service to our nation, as a Citizen & as a Soldier. (1/3) https://t.co/UdCDw511l9
— Gen. Joseph Lengyel (@ChiefNGB) March 30, 2020
The number of troops testing positive for the virus rose from 309 to 569 over the weekend, and 26 service members are currently hospitalized.
The following video was produced by the US Navy and provides information on how the coronavirus can be spread and how long it can persist on different surfaces.