W.Va. Guard update on COVID-19 response

| West VIrginia National Guard | May 11, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —

Since beginning operations in support of the state’s COVID-19 response 57 days ago, the WVNG has completed 900 missions through our six lines of effort of operationalizing of the event, stabilizing the population, providing logistical movement of critical supplies, innovation, state surge capacity and capability, and conducting data analysis to combat the virus. Currently, 712 members of the WVNG are on duty serving the citizens of the State of West Virginia.

In the last 24 hours, West Virginia Guardsmen and women assisted packing 1,423 box meals at the Mountaineer Food Bank and 360 family meal boxes at the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington. Yesterday, 10 WVNG personnel assisted in packing and delivering meals at the Milton Food Bank. To date, in conjunction with our food bank partners, the WVNG has packaged and delivered more than 207,000 meals for vulnerable and food insecure West Virginians.

Task Force CRE is continuing to provide PPE training for children’s home society locations throughout the state, as well as area healthcare facilities and retail establishments and have six engagements scheduled today. To date, this team has trained 719 businesses, 3,797 personnel and 87 medical or long-term care facilities.

Task Force Sustainment, our team dedicated to receiving and moving critical supplies across the state, is preparing to deliver PPE to all 55 counties through the local emergency managers. To date, this team has shipped more than 1.3 million items across all 55 counties in the state.

West Virginia Guard personnel assisting in sanitization lanes for first responder and public transport vehicles have sanitized 334 vehicles in two locations – Huntington and Charleston – which includes ambulances, police vehicles and public transport buses.

West Virginia National Guard medical personnel augmenting DHHR’s regional epidemiology teams were able to support 212 voluntary COVID-19 mapping engagements and 11 expedited transfers to the state lab. To date, the state’s seven regional epidemiology teams have conducted more than 6,133 voluntary COVID-19 mappings.

All current and future missions performed by the WVNG are a part of a coordinated state-level public health preparation and response effort for the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, initiated by Governor Jim Justice, and being led by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

B-roll footage of current and ongoing WVNG missions are available at: www.dvidshub.net/units/wv-ang