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Florida Guard working four COVID-19 testing sites; 7 airports

By Staff | Mar 29, 2020

The Florida National Guard has called 1,537 Guardsmen to State Active Duty in support of Florida’s COVID-19 response, and are operating at four Community Based Testing Sites as well as seven airports, including Southwest Florida International, as of Sunday.

Guard personnel have administered 12,300 sample collections to date:

The C.B. Smith Park CBTS in Broward County has administered 5,402 sample collections since operations began there.

The Hard Rock Stadium CBTS in Miami-Dade county has administered 4,858 sample collections since operations began there.

The Marlins Park CBTS in Miami-Dade county has administered 929 sample collections.

Orange County Convention Center in Orange county has administered 1,111 sample collections.

Additionally, the FLNG is supporting airport screening operations in support of the Florida Department of Health at seven airports: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Miami International Airport (MIA), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Tampa International Airport (TPA), 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,” a release from teh FLNG issued Sunday states.

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.

Source: Florida National Guard