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Florida National Guard reports 2,277 guardsmen now on duty

By Staff | Apr 15, 2020

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Florida National Guard has 2,277 Guardsmen on duty in support of Florida’s COVID-19 response, and is operating eight Community Based Testing Sites.

The FLNG has administered 44,258 sample collections to date at those sites.

-The C.B. Smith Park CBTS in Broward County has administered 12,357 sample collections since operations began there.

-The Hard Rock Stadium CBTS in Miami-Dade County has administered 12,419 sample collections since operations began there.

-The Marlins Park CBTS in Miami-Dade County has administered 4,543 sample collections since operations began there.

-Orange County Convention Center in Orange County has administered 5,881 sample collections since operations began there.

-The West Palm Beach Fit Stadium Site in Palm Beach County has administered 5,478 sample collections since operations began there.

-The Amelia Earhart Park/Hialeah Site in Miami-Dade County has administered 1,975 sample collections since operations began there.

-The Delray Beach Site in Palm Beach County has administered 1,335 sample collections since operations began there.

-The TIAA Field Site in Duval County has administered 270 sample collections since operations began there.

Additionally, the FLNG has deployed Mobile Testing Teams to carry out COVID-19 testing at assisted living communities. To date, the FLNG is performed testing at eight locations, and collected a total of 1,113 samples.

The FLNG also 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), and 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.

It is important that everyone 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.