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First Colorado National Guard member tests positive for COVID-19

By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | CONG, TAG | March 21, 2020

FOR RELEASE: Saturday, March 21, 2020

CONTACT: Colorado National Guard Public Affairs, ng.co.coarng.list.militarysupport@mail.mil, 720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The First Colorado National Guard member has tested positive for COVID-19.

The service member is being cared for while in isolation in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Fort Carson Public Health guidelines at the 168th Regiment Regional Training Center of Excellence at Fort Carson, Colorado.

The RTIoE is located outside of the living and work areas of Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members at Fort Carson. 

“Protecting the health of our force, families and our communities is our top priority,” The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Loh said.  “We have taken every precaution, in coordination with our state and federal partners, to isolate our National Guard member to prevent the spread of this disease while ensuring he receives proper medical attention.”

The service member does not require hospitalization at this time.

The National Guard member is serving in the Colorado Army National Guard.

The Soldier is in his 30s and is a male resident of Douglas County.

Details regarding his exposure are under investigation by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Currently, by order of Gov. Jared Polis, about 70 Colorado National Guard members have been mobilized and are on State Active Duty in support of the State Emergency Operations Center and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment with medical support and logistics at drive-up COVID-19 testing centers in various communities throughout the state.

The CONG remains Always Ready Always There to support our communities, state and nation.

For information about COVID-19 in Colorado, please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov.