Protesters set fire to American flags outside the White House on May 29, 2020, in a solidarity rally for activists in Minneapolis who are rioting after the death of black man George Floyd in police custody. (Ford Fischer/Zenger)
Protesters set fire to American flags outside the White House on May 29, 2020, in a solidarity rally for activists in Minneapolis who are rioting after the death of black man George Floyd in police custody. (Ford Fischer/Zenger)

Some members of the D.C. National Guard who patrolled the District during protests over the death of George Floyd have tested positive for the coronavirus, a Guard spokesperson said.

The spokesperson, Lt. Col. Brooke Davis, told The Associated Press that her unit will not release how many members of the guard have been infected but U.S. government officials speculate that so far the number is small.

Davis said unit commanders had the charge of ensuring their troops abided by guidelines mandating wearing protective equipment and practicing social distancing. She said members of the guard received testing for COVID-19 before they received their assignment and set to be screened when they leave.

McClatchy first reported the positive tests.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died in Minneapolis last month while in police custody. His death, which was captured on video, sparked outrage and weeks of protests nationwide, including in the District.

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