WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD UPDATE
Since beginning operations in support of the state's COVID-19 response 31 days ago, the WVNG has completed more than 350 missions through our four lines of effort of operationalizing of the event, stabilizing the population, providing logistical movement of critical supplies and conducting data analysis to combat the virus. Currently, almost 600 members of the WVNG are on duty serving the citizens of the State of West Virginia.
Since our last update, members of Task Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise (TF-CRE) assisted in testing of students and staff at West Virginia University this morning, utilizing the PAPRs system, which can be decontaminated and eliminate burn through of single-use PPE items. To date, this task force has assisted in testing more than 500 individuals for COVID-19.
TF-CRE will provide training to 29 retail establishments today on proper cargo, box handling and PPE wear. So far, TF-CRE has trained nearly 400 stores and 1,341 personnel while also assisting with COVID-19 drive through testing lanes at six locations across the Mountain State. Drive through testing support will expand to Hampshire County starting tomorrow.
Our mission of supporting the most vulnerable populations in the state continues to make an impact and in the last 24 hours we delivered more than 4,000 meals through our refrigerated trucks to Pleasants, Ritchie, Barbour, Gilmer and Wetzel Counties. In addition, we packed 579 family boxes at the Mountaineer Food Bank. We will be delivering more meals today through our refrigerated trucks to Wirt, Webster, Tyler and Boone Counties.
"The Guard is continuing to work with our partners at the Department of Education and Commissioner Chelsea Ruby on ensuring that students' nutritional needs are met during spring break throughout the state, " Hoyer said.
Task Force Sustainment, the team dedicated to moving critical PPE supplies and running supply chain logistics for COVID-19 response, is working with our agency partners at the Department of Health and Human Resources and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to streamline plans for PPE distribution throughout the state. We continue to work with the West Virginia Healthcare Association to address any shortfalls in long-term care facilities, as well.
The number of personnel supporting the Workforce West Virginia mission remains the same and 10 of our service members are undergoing training to begin processing unemployment claims this week. Additionally, 17 members of the WVNG worked on Easter to answers calls and help address the backlog for those needing unemployment assistance.
Our data analysts working with DHHR's regional epidemiology teams were able to support six contact tracing engagements to track the spread of COVID-19 in West Virginia.