22 May

The Georgia National Guard has been supporting Covid-19 testing mission in the state. The service is working closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health and Augusta University. Over 600 guardsmen have assisted in testing more than 28,900 citizens state-wide as of 12 May. They plan to test up to 2,200 citizens a day. Additionally, the guardsmen are offering medical, logistical and security support for Covid-19 testing facilities situation across the state. A total of nine specimen point of collection sites, 16 public health department sites and 30 mobile testing teams are providing mobile testing.

The Defence Logistics Agency’s (DLA) digital analytics platform Advana is being used to track medical items stocks. The tool gives automated supply-and-demand data to Defense Department officials on personal protective equipment requirements to better respond to Covid-19. The data helps the officials make informed decisions. It provides reports on orders, shipments, back orders and expected delivery dates. Advana was developed last year to track all aspects right from finance to readiness.

US Army Health Clinic Stuttgart has added a new rapid testing platform to detect Covid-19. The new system detects the virus in nasopharyngeal swab specimens collected from Covid-19 suspected individuals. The test results, whether positive or negative, can be known within one day. Currently, the clinic has two systems that will allow tests to be done internally. Prior to the introduction of this new platform, the process took about 24-48 hours to get a result back.