The National Guard has now deployed nearly 5,500 troops in 32 states to help combat and fight the Coronavirus outbreak in America.
The National Guard told ‘The Hill‘ that those figures could “change rapidly as states identify needs” and that missions for the troops include “traning and sample collection; response planners; support to medical testing facilities; response liasons and support to state Emergency Operations Centers; support to healthcare professionals; – assessments, transportation, logistics support; assisting with disinfecting/cleaning of common public spaces; providing transportation support for healthcare providers; collecting and delivering samples; and assisting with sample administration.”
“National Guard members work and live in every community across this nation and have a proven track record of success supporting civilian authorities after homeland emergencies,” the National Guard said.
Nearly 33,000 people have been infected in the United States, and the death toll is nearing 400 as of Sunday afternoon.
All 50 States including the District of Columbia have declared a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
President Trump has the authorization to federalize the guard, but hasn’t taken that measure yet.
“Every state has a different way to deal with disasters. If you were to federalize (The Guard), you would lose that ability,” said Guard Bureau Chief General Joseph Lengyel.