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Florida National Guard in-state deployment tops 2,300

By Staff | Apr 7, 2020

The Florida National Guard now has 2,320 guardsmen on state active duty in support of Florida’s COVID-19 response, and continues to operate six Community Based Testing Sites.

The FLNG has administered 24,964 sample collections to date:

* The C.B. Smith Park CBTS in Broward county has administered 8,672 sample collections since operations began there.

* The Hard Rock Stadium CBTS in Miami-Dade county has administered 8,667 sample collections since operations began there.

* The Marlins Park CBTS in Miami-Dade county has administered 2,432 sample collections since operations began there.

* Orange County Convention Center in Orange county has administered 2,952 sample collections since operations began there.

* The West Palm Beach Fit Stadium Site in Palm Beach county has administered 2,215 sample collections since operations began there.

* The Hialeah Site in Miami-Dade county has administered 26 sample collections since operations began there.

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

The FLNG Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen are also mobilized in support of the State Logistics Readiness Center 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,” the FLNG update relerased Tuesday states.

The guard urges residents to comply with the guidelines issued 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

Source: Florida National Guard