Nearly 100 soldiers taking part in an Army survivor training course at Fort Bragg have tested positive for coronavirus and are now in quarantine as the Trump administration continues to ramp down its pandemic response efforts.
The outbreak forced officials to cancel Fort Bragg’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape course, and the news broke on the same day that President Trump said he thinks the coronavirus will “sort of just disappear” in an interview with Fox Business.
“Failing to guarantee the health and safety of our service members is an abdication of President Trump’s constitutional responsibility, and in a state which many veterans and military families call home, his incompetence is even more harmful,” said NCDP Communications Director Austin Cook. “Our men and women in uniform deserve better than this president’s bungled handling of the crisis. Mitigating the spread of the virus on our military installations must be a top priority, and this week’s news is just more evidence that Donald Trump has failed to meet the moment.”
Fort Bragg is home to some 57,000 military personnel and has an annual economic impact of more than $11 billion.
On Wednesday the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services reported an additional 1,843 cases of coronavirus — the state’s largest single day spike since the pandemic began. As of Thursday afternoon, the state had surpassed 68,000 total confirmed cases. At least 900 people in North Carolina are currently hospitalized due to the virus.