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Maryland National Guard member tests positive for COVID-19

A member of the Maryland Army National Guard who was working on duty recently tested positive for COVID-19, the Maryland National Guard said in a statement on Friday night.

The soldier is at home and isolated. About 20 additional soldiers who came into contact with the soldier are now being quarantined as a precaution to prevent the spread of the virus.

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The National Guard did not disclose the officer’s age, gender or where the person was working to keep the member’s identity confidential.

Because the National Guard is following social distancing procedures as much as possible, the soldiers have been housed in separate rooms to sleep, said Rick Breitenfeldt, a spokesman for the Guard.

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The Guard is attempting to locate people the member has come into contact with recently.

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