16 West Point cadets test positive for COVID-19 upon returning to campus for Trump's commencement speech
Task and Purpose
June 1, 2020
According to the campus newspaper, The Pointer View, the 1,100 cadets of the class of 2020 started returning to campus last week.
At least sixteen West Point cadets have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) upon returning to the New York campus President Donald Trump's upcoming speech at the school’s commencement ceremony on June 13.(U.S. Army/Matthew Moeller)
USA Today first reported the infections. A West Point spokesman confirmed the article’s findings for Task and Purpose.
The 16 cadets are receiving treatment but are not showing symptoms of the disease, Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, West Point’s superintendent, told USA Today.
Of the 16 affected cadets, 14 tested positive for the antibody which indicates they contracted the virus and subsequently recovered, USA Today reported.
The number is a small fraction of the 850 cadets who have returned to campus since spring break in March.
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