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Florida National Guard COVID-19 statewide response at 1,479

By Staff | Mar 26, 2020

The Florida National Guard now has 1,479 Guardsmen on State Active Duty in support of Florida’s COVID-19 response, and are operating four Community Based Testing Sites (CBTS) that have administered 7,881 sample collections to date.

The C.B. Smith Park CBTS in Broward county has administered 4,100 sample collections since operations began there.

The Hard Rock Stadium CBTS in Miami-Dade county has administered 3,088 sample collections since operations began there.

The Marlins Park CBTS in Miami-Dade county has administered 371 sample collections.

Orange County Convention Center in Orange county has administered 322 sample collections.

Additionally, the FLNG is supporting airport screening operations in support of the Florida Department of Health at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Miami International Airport (MIA), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), and Tampa International Airport (TPA). We are preparing to support additional airport screening operations at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI).

The FLNG Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen are also mobilized in support of the State Logistics Readiness Center (SLRC) in central Florida, ensuring needed supplies are getting to the right place at the right time across the state. Additionally, FLNG members are working in the State Emergency Operations Center and local emergency management offices across the state, serving as liaisons, ensuring local authorities understand the capabilities and equipment of the FLNG.

As this crisis continues, the Florida National Guard will maintain a ready force across the state for a variety of missions to include medical support and distribution of necessary commodities.

It is important to remember that even though the FLNG is in active response to COVID-19, all FLNG personnel and families are encouraged to follow the guidance put out by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information about COVID-19 and the State of Florida’s response, visit www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/covid19-toolkit.html.