|NATIONAL GUARD KEEPS OPERATING IN MULTIPLE AREAS TO AID CITIZENS AND MEDICAL WORKERS
Today, the West Virginia National Guard has nearly 370 Soldiers and Airmen on duty supporting COVID-19 response efforts across the state. Through our four lines of effort, the Guard, in partnership with numerous agencies and business/industry leaders, is making significant progress on many initiatives that will positively impact West Virginia's response and recovery through this public health crisis.
“We just ask all West Virginians to keep following the guidelines to keep our state safe and help to continue to flatten the curve (as it relates to the spread of the virus),” Gen. Hoyer said.
West Virginia Guard Soldiers provided personal protective training for one of our large-scale retail establishments today and we have plans to roll out that training to numerous other retailers, food establishments and convenience stores in the coming days and weeks. We are also continuing our mission of supporting the most vulnerable populations in the state and in the last 24 hours, we closed out our mission in Greenbrier County, which provided more than 10,000 meals last week, and stoop up a new mission in Huntington. At the Mountaineer Food Bank, we packaged 851 family of four meals yesterday.
As of today, we have received critical medical supplies from the national stockpile and are preparing to distribute them to all 55 counties in the state tomorrow. Included in the delivery over the last 48 hours are gowns, gloves, N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, and coveralls. Our Soldiers and Airmen continue to support our partner agencies by providing traffic control for a drive through testing facility in Huntington and working with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services through seven regional epidemiology teams to ensure data analysis and tracking of the virus spread.
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