18 May

A dozen members of the Washington National Guard are working alongside the US Department of Health and AmeriCorps volunteers to build Covid-19 testing kits. The members are involved inn several stages of building the kits ranging from assembling, packaging, shipping and tracking. A total of 28,306 kits were assembled as of 14 May. Washington National Guard logistician and site leader major Jeff Rogers said the kits are put through rigorous quality control checks before supplying.

The US Navy’s hospital ship USNS Mercy has left Los Angeles after arriving to help local hospitals deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The ship has played a major role in supporting the Department of Defense’s Covid-19 response operations. Mercy’s medical personnel treated non-Covid-19 patients performing a range of procedures such as general, orthopaedic and plastic surgeries; interventional radiology; exploratory laparotomy; and skin grafting. It will return to Naval Station San Diego and remain ready for future tasks.

The US North Carolina National Guard has been involved in the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE). Around 432,000 gloves, 44,000 face shields, 45,000 shoe covers, 88,800 procedural masks, and 2,800 bottles of hand sanitisers were given to facilities located in Beaufort, Bertie, Martin, Pitt, Hertford, Person, Granville, Franklin, Vance, and Warren Counties.