Louisiana National Guard activates 155 soldiers, airmen to assist with COVID-19 response

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Medics with the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard conduct training with the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure proper protection and administering of drive thru testing, March 18, 2020 in New Orleans. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. John Meche)

Governor John Bel Edwards on Wednesday directed the Louisiana National Guard to activate more than 155 soldiers and airmen to help with the state’s COVID-19 response.

Guardsmen are tasked with supporting current operations, including medical support, engineering assessment support, shelter security and traffic control points and drive-through testing site support, according to the Louisiana National Guard.

To protect guardsmen’s safety as they work during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Louisianan National Guard reported that it is limiting non mission-specific travel, enforcing strict CDC-recommended hygiene practices and monitoring guardsmen’s health daily.

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