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03/24/2020

Hundreds of COVID-19 tests administered daily in Montgomery County with help of Pa. National Guard

ANNVILLE, PA - Since the Pennsylvania National Guard began helping Montgomery County administer COVID-19 tests last week, as many as 275 people have been tested each day.

 

At the direction of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, approximately 80 members of the Pa. National Guard continue to support Montgomery County EMA with the operation of their first mass testing site.

 

“There has been a lot of limitations in terms of medical facilities so far being able to test for the coronavirus both in terms of testing and the proper personal protective equipment to make sure the healthcare personnel are not exposed,” said Lt. Col. Richard Lorraine, Pa. Air National Guard. “So, since we are trained in that environment, we have been asked to come here to support Montgomery County and to staff the testing area.”

 

Montgomery County, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and local authority have provided the site and supplies while the Pa. National Guard are providing the medical expertise. 

 

The test site remains under the control of Montgomery County.
 

More information on the test site can be found on the Montgomery County Press Release: https://www.montcopa.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/5112
 

B-Roll Video of test site is available at: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/743751/pennsylvania-national-guard-support-montgomery-county-covid-19-test-site
 

Soundbites: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/743802/pennsylvania-national-guard-assist-montgomery-county-with-drive-through-covid-19-testing-site

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