|WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD UPDATE|
Today, the West Virginia National Guard has nearly 500 Soldiers and Airmen on duty supporting COVID-19 response efforts across the state. As of today, additional members of the West Virginia National Guard are assisting Workforce West Virginia to increase capacity for the state to process unemployment claims and assist our citizens in need during this difficult time. This number will increase to nearly 30 by mid-week with the establishment of up to four call centers across the state, thanks to assistance by West Virginia University's customer care center staff.
This morning, our Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise (CRE) task force assisted CAMC, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and Kanawha Count Ambulance Authority in COVID-19 testing of 124 residents and 25 staff from Eastbrook Center. In addition, this team of experts will train an additional nine establishments in proper cargo, box handling, and PPE wear today. So far, this task force has trained 75 stores and 364 personnel.
Our communications team, in conjunction with Marshall University and West Virginia University, tested network capabilities for telehealth initiatives in Wharton last week and Hundred today, where connectivity is sparse. Last week's test was successful in providing connectivity in some of West Virginia's hardest to reach areas, which could provide access to telehealth for populations across the state. This team spent the weekend providing assistance at St. Francis Hospital to rewiring of phone lines as former office spaces are turned into COVID-19 treatment rooms.
In the last 24 hours, the West Virginia National Guard, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Resources, conducted 77 contact tracing and data analysis engagements for the tracking of COVID-19 spread and performed 17 expedited specimen transfers to the state lab.
We are also continuing our mission of supporting the most vulnerable populations in the state and in the last 24 hours our refrigerated trucks assisted with the delivery of 2,700 meals to Pleasants, Ritchie, Barbour and Gilmer Counties.
West Virginia Guardsmen and women are preparing and distributing hand sanitizer to locations across the state today. Support to partner agencies through providing traffic control for drive through testing facilities in Huntington and Grafton is ongoing and we will begin assisting in Wyoming and Mingo Counties this week. Additionally, personnel will provide assistance at St. Francis Hospital this week in the conversion of space to support COVID-19 patients.Read more here.