The U.S. Air Force Academy’s superintendent informed cadet parents in an email that there are now five positive cases of COVID-19, also known as the Wuhan coronavirus, at the school.
In the email that was obtained by Townhall, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria said the new cases include two cadets, two civilian employees and one active duty military member. The two cadets are in isolation and the school is monitoring those who had close contact with them. The senior cadets, who are still on campus, have been restricted to the school for more than a week now:
The increase of coronavirus cases comes as the Academy is also reeling from a cadet committing suicide this past week.
“There is currently no indication that the death was COVID-19 related,” Silveria said.
“This has been a difficult week for our Academy, but despite these uncommon challenges we are pushing forward in our crucial mission for our Air and Space Forces. Thanks to the incredible ingenuity and determination of our faculty, AOCs and AMTs, this week all four classes of cadets resumed their Academic coursework – 3000 of them remotely, and 1000 at USAFA but online – and they are working hard toward completing the semester,” Silveria continued. “For our First-Class cadets, that means graduation and commissioning into our Air and Space Forces. We are assessing the situation daily, but it is too soon to speculate about graduation or a date when cadets might return to USAFA.”
The Academy’s freshman, sophomores, and juniors have all been sent home, with only seniors being restricted on campus. Out of all five service academies, West Point, Annapolis, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and Air Force Academy, Air Force Academy seniors are the only students still on campus.
Morale among seniors also appears to be at an all-time low and restriction seems to be taking a toll on their mental health, according to those familiar with the situation.
Across the Department of Defense, there are 309 cases of COVID-19 in the military, 12 of which required hospitalization. There are also 134 DoD civilians and 62 contractors who have the virus.
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