By Jon Dougherty @TheNatSent
(TNS) A New Jersey physician’s assistant has become the first National Guard member to die from coronavirus, according to announcements by state officials and the U.S. military.
â€œIâ€™m heartbroken by the loss of [New Jersey National Guard] Captain Douglas Linn Hickok to coronavirus,â€ Gov. Phil Murphey (D) tweeted Monday. â€œHe was a drilling guardsman and physicianâ€™s assistant, originally from Jackson. Our thoughts are with his wife, children, and their family.â€
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I’m heartbroken by the loss of @NJNationalGuard Captain Douglas Linn Hickok to coronavirus.
He was a drilling guardsman and physician’s assistant, originally from Jackson.
Our thoughts are with his wife, children, and their family.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 30, 2020
The New Jersey National Guard also tweeted a brief statement.
â€œWe are saddened by the loss of one of our NJ National Guard Citizen-Soldiers to the coronavirus,â€ it said. â€œArmy Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok was a drilling guardsman in Medical Command and a civilian physician assistant, originally from Jackson, NJ. Our thoughts are with his family.â€
Defense Secretary Mark Esper also issued a statement mourning the loss, adding that Hickok had been hospitalized with the disease since mid-March.
â€œToday is a sad day for the Department of Defense as we have lost our first American service member â€“ active, reserve or Guard â€“ to Coronavirus,” Esper said.
“This is a stinging loss for our military community, and our condolences go out to his family, friends, civilian co-workers and the entire National Guard community. The news of this loss strengthens our resolve to work ever more closely with our interagency partners to stop the spread of COVID-19.â€
New Jersey is one of our nation’s virus ‘hotspots’ with — as of this writing — more than 16,000 cases.
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As of Tuesday morning, there were more than 164,000 positive coronavirus cases nationwide. Over 3,000 people have died due to complications from the coronavirus across the country.
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