NATIONAL GUARD RESPONSE UPDATE
Since beginning operations in support of the state's COVID-19 response 35
days ago, the WVNG has completed 447 missions through four lines of
effort: operationalizing of the event, stabilizing the population,
providing logistical movement of critical supplies, and conducting data
analysis to combat the virus. Currently, 632 members of the WVNG are on
duty serving the citizens of the State of West Virginia.
During Governor Justice's daily press briefing, Maj. Gen. James
Hoyer, adjutant general of the WVNG announced that the Guard has developed
the Department of Defense's first approved mobile COVID-19 testing lab.
Guard personnel, including 1st Lt. Samantha Fabian, a Citizen-Soldier and
doctoral candidate studying genetics and developmental biology, developed
the idea for a rapid-response mobile laboratory that can test potential
COVID-19 patients in roughly 15 minutes.
Two mobile testing labs will be up and running next week, once supplies
are obtained, and will stage in two areas of the West Virginia –
North and South – to respond to potential hot spots that require
The West Virginia National Guard took several additional new actions
today in support of the State’s COVID-19 response. More information will be posted to the WVNG website when
it becomes available.