U.S. Deploys Around 20,000 Troops to Support COVID-19 Efforts
Almost 20,000 National Guardsmen at the moment are supporting COVID-19 response efforts across the nation with more opportunities for them to help expected in the coming weeks, the Nationwide Guard Bureau chief stated.
As of Friday, 11 states, two territories and the District of Columbia have been accepted to use federal funds for state missions after Congress passed a $2.2 trillion emergency reduction package deal to partly fund Title 32 missions.
Another 29 requests are presently moving through the approval process, bureau officers stated in a media release.
The majority of the missions have centered on supporting testing sites, serving to Army engineers increase medical capacity, and transporting and distributing medical supplies and food, the release stated.
The Guard has stood up a 24/7 coordination center to make sure unified and rapid response attempts between its state and federal partners.
In New York, nearly 3,000 Guardsmen are conducting missions as a part of six joint task forces spread out across the state.
One of those missions has been to assist the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers to add 2,500 beds inside the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
New York Guardsmen have also supported seven drive-thru testing sites, which have tested nearly 27,000 individuals to date, the release stated.