In coordination with Minnesota Department of Health, 21 members of the Minnesota National Guard started actioning Governor Tim Walz’s plan last week to increase testing throughout the state by using mobile testing teams at long-term care facilities. This mobile testing is part of the five-point plan laid out by the governor to combat COVID-19 in Minnesota’s long-term care facilities.
“The Minnesota National Guard has been assisting state agencies with logistics and planning efforts up to this point,” says Major General Jon Jensen, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General. “With these new missions, our efforts shift to more directly assist those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight.”
The mobile testing teams are made up of a combination of Army and Air National Guardsmen, and each team has 10 members assigned. The Minnesota National Guard started with two teams last week and will expand those numbers as needed in weeks to come. Locations will focus on long-term care facilities where they will test residents and employees.
This testing is designed to reduce the spread by identifying those who are infected so they can be isolated. This isolation will decrease the risk of spread in these facilities of greatest concern.
For more information, contact the Minnesota National Guard public affairs office at (651) 282-4410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Minnesota National Guard
Established in 1856 and headquartered in St. Paul, the Minnesota National Guard has more than 13,000 soldiers and airmen who serve in 61 communities across the state. The citizen-
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