US Army Georgia National Guard supports Covid-19 testing mission

22 May 2020 (Last Updated May 28th, 2020 11:52)

The US Army Georgia National Guard is supporting the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic by supporting testing facilities, reported Specialist Tori Miller.

US Army Georgia National Guard supports Covid-19 testing mission
US Army Georgia National Guard is supporting the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic by assisting testing facilities. Credit: Specialist Tori Miller.

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The US Army Georgia National Guard is supporting the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic by supporting testing facilities, reported Specialist Tori Miller.

Located across the state, the testing facilities are provided medical, logistical and security aid by more than 600 guardsmen supporting the test mission.

Georgia adjutant general Army major general Thomas Carden said: “One way that we can alleviate suffering is to help set conditions to safely get our state on a guided path towards normalcy. Testing is a function of alleviating that suffering.”

The guard is closely working with the Georgia Department of Public Health and Augusta University.

As of earlier this month, the mission had tested more than 28,900 citizens throughout the state. The US personnel aim to test up to 2,200 citizens per day.

Georgia Army National Guard commander and Georgia Covid-19 response joint task force commander army brigade general Randall Simmons said: “We just need to get the tests out to as many people as possible to break down the barriers right now, to make it easier for folks to get a test.”

Georgia Army National Guard is supporting the testing mission by staffing guardsmen at specimen point of collection (SPOC) sites, public health department sites and mobile testing teams (MTT).

Mobile testing is conducted by nine SPOC sites, 16 public health department sites and 30 MTTs.

MTTs test residents and employees of long-term care facilities, correctional institutions and government facilities.

Free testing is offered by stationary SPOC and public health department sites. The test procedure has been set up to prevent any personal contact, allowing visitors to remain in their vehicles during the entire process.