|ADJUTANT GENERAL URGES CITIZENS TO DOUBLE DOWN ON HYGIENE, SOCIAL DISTANCING; SPEAKS ABOUT INNOVATIVE WORK BEING DONE TO REDUCE SPREAD OF VIRUS|
“Doubling down on the things you’ve been doing is exceptionally important and will help us break the curve,” said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard.
Maj. Gen. Hoyer said “innovative ways to reduce the spread of the virus and to protect our front line workers” are being identified and taught to workers in essential business locations.
He said more than 420 Soldiers and Airmen are now on duty supporting COVID-19 response efforts across the state. Over the last 24 hours, West Virginia Guard Soldiers, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Resources, have made significant headway on contact tracing and data analysis for the tracking of COVID-19 spread through over 430 engagements and eight expedited specimen transfers.
Experts from the Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise (CRE) task force are conducting 20 training missions today for retailers, food establishments and convenience stores in proper cargo, box handling, and PPE wear.
“We are also continuing our mission of supporting the most vulnerable populations in the state and in the last 24 hours, we packed over 2,000 meals at the Mountaineer and Facing Hunger Food Banks. A refrigerated truck and team from the WVNG will assist with the delivery of 5,500 meals to Ohio County today,” Maj. Gen. Hoyer added.
“Critical medical supplies from the national stockpile were distributed yesterday to all 55 counties and 275 gallons of hand sanitizer has been provided to the Bureau of Senior Services.”
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