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Members of the US Washington National Guard and North Carolina National Guard are supporting Covid-19 relief efforts.

A team of Washington National Guard, along with combined efforts of the US Department of Health and AmeriCorps, are building Covid-19 test kits.

The team includes 12 guard members who work with AmeriCorps volunteers to support the assembly of the kits.

The whole process involves assembling the sterile test kit components, packaging and shipping.

Washington National Guard logistician and site leader major Jeff Rogers said: “A lot of quality control is happening to ensure that the test kits are properly created, packaged, shipped and tracked.

“Making sure everything is sterile is critical. When new components come in for the test kits, they undergo a sterilisation test to ensure the products are safe to use and will give an accurate test reading.”

Until last week, the group assembled 28,306 kits capable of testing 141,530 people.

Separately, members of the US Army North Carolina National Guard have distributed 432,000 gloves, 44,000 face shields, 45,000 shoe covers, 88,800 procedural masks and 2800 bottles of hand sanitiser at two sites supporting 112 facilities.

The facilities provided with supplies worth 14 days are located in Beaufort, Bertie, Martin, Pitt, Hertford, Person, Granville, Franklin, Vance and Warren Counties.

North Carolina Guard has worked with local Emergency Management staff in coordinating with the warehouse and distributing the equipment.