The vaccine rollout and civil unrest is keeping the National Guard busy after an 'unprecedented' 2020

The US National Guard was so busy last year withunprecedenteddomestic deploymentshelping with Covid-19, civil unrest and natural disastersit referred to 2020 come Year of the Guard.

Finora, this year is no slouch, o.
In the nation’s capital, di 6,200 Guard members from six states and the District of Columbia are gathering to support law enforcement after rioters stormed the halls of Congress.
In Wisconsin, the governor sent Guard members to Kenosha this week ahead of prosecutorsTuesday announcement that police officers won’t be charged in the Jacob Blake shooting.
    And across the country, National Guard members have been toiling in all kinds of roles to fight the coronavirus pandemichelping at testing sites, delivering protective equipment, sanitizing elderly care facilities e, più recentemente, helping to get vaccine shots into arms.
    Quasi 20,500 National Guard members were working across the country on Covid-19 relief efforts as of Thursday. They represent the majority of Guard members currently deployed domestically, the Guard says.
    With most holding civilian jobs until they’re called up for overseas and homeland missions, Guard members are commonly activated stateside for natural disasters, as they were last year for wildfires e severe storms.
    Ma 2020 put more on their plates.
    At its busiest, the National Guard had more than 86,400 members serving stateside in early June, largely for Covid-19 or civil disturbances in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, the Guard says.
    Those are numbers that you just wouldn’t think about as a Guardsman in these days and times,” Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maggio. John Sampa said last month.
    Da sinistra, Mississippi National Guard Spc. Timothy Kelly, state health department environmentalist  Anthony Claytor and Spc. Hinton Lindun check paperwork for a patient at the Covid-19 vaccine drive-through clinic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, martedì.

    Some are inoculating people against Covid-19

    Guard members are increasingly helping with the country’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
    In New Hampshire, they’re helping put shots into people’s arms.
    The state has set up 13 drive-through vaccination sites for qualified residents — ad esempio primi soccorritoriat places like school parking lots and rented property, said Paul Raymond Jr., spokesman for the New Hampshire Joint Information Center.
    Di 100 Guard members are split among the sites, making sure the vaccines get there, managing traffic and signing people in. And a few with health backgroundsmedics and nursesadminister the shots.
    It’s been part of a whirlwind year for Maj. Lindsey Whalen, the New Hampshire Guard’s chief nurse, who was activated just a few weeks ago to oversee a site in Nashua that’s seeing about 200 patients a day.
    Apart from the Guard, she’s an intensive care nurse and trauma program manager at Manchester’s Elliot Hospital. She left maternity leave in September to join her colleagues at the hospital in the thick of the pandemic.
    She says it’s encouraging to be on the vaccine side of things.
    I spent the better half of last year with colleagues, watching Covid patients come through and seeing how their family and friends are suffering. It’s nice to be on the other side of thisand prevent patients from getting it in the first place,” Whalen told CNN Wednesday.
    Maryland, pure, is having its National Guard administer shots and give logistical support. This week it’s sending teams to help local health departments with their clinics, according to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
    Spc. Madalyn Stella, combat medic, 197th Field Artillery Brigade, administers a Covid-19 vaccination to Stacy Gillis, a civilian paramedic, Dic. 29 in Exeter, New Hampshire.

    Some are training others to administer the shots

    In Arizona, National Guard medics are training or retraining medical students and retired medical workers to give shots. The students and retirees had volunteered to help the state administer the Covid-19 vaccines.
    Guard medics started training the volunteers on Monday. Due giorni dopo, some of the volunteers were already giving shots at a vaccination center in Maricopa County, according to the Arizona National Guard.
    This is a monumental call to service that requires a whole-of-communuity approach to accomplish,” Maggio. Gen. Michael T. McGuire, director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, said of the volunteers.

    Others are answering phone calls and helping with tests

    In New York, Guard members are helping at 15 drive-through Covid-19 testing sites, putting together test kits. They are also screening passengers at 12 airports across the state, the Guard says.
    It also created and ran field hospitals like the one at Manhattan’s Javits Convention Center, where the Guard says more than 1,000 coronavirus patients were treated.
    A member of the New York Army National Guard hands out health forms to travelers wearing protective masks at LaGuardia Airport on December 24.

    New Mexico’s National Guard says its members are helping store, transport and administer vaccine doses.
    In New Hampshire, besides the more than 100 members working at the vaccination sites, alcuni 300 others are working on other virus-related tasks, including helping to operate a state call center, fielding questions like where to get tested or vaccinated.
    At the New Hampshire Guard’s busiest moment last summer, più di 700 were activated for eight different efforts supporting the state against Covid-19, says Lt. Col. Greg Heilshorn.
    The pandemic activations areunprecedentedfor the New Hampshire National Guard, both for the variety and duration of the missions, lui dice.
    We’ve never seen anything like this in our modern history for noncombat-related activation,” Heilshorn said.
    Minnesota National Guard Lt. Daniel Jerde assists a woman with her test at a Covid-19 testing facility in Stillwater, Minnesota, a dicembre 10.

    Some are helping to protect against civil unrest

    Thousands of Guard members also have been called this week to guard against civil unrest, most of them in Washington DC.
    Before Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol, a few hundred Guard members were activated. That’s because officials knew demonstrators backing President Donald Trump were planning to congregate as Congress met to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
    Inizialmente, those few hundred Guard members were meant to focus mainly on crowd management and traffic control at Metro subway stations and a few dozen other locations, hanno detto i funzionari.
    But after the riot at the Capitol, more were being called infrom DC, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvaniabringing the total to about 6,200, a US defense official said Thursday.
    National Guard members prepared to close a road near the White House in Washington on Tuesday.

    In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers mobilized 500 Wisconsin National Guard troops this week, at the request of local officials, ahead of prosecutorsannouncement in the Blake case.
    The Guard members were tobe on hand to support local first responders, ensure Kenoshans are able to assemble safely, and to protect critical infrastructure as necessary,” Evers said Monday.
    National Guard troops stand watch Tuesday as demonstrators protest outside Wisconsin's Kenosha County Courthouse.

      In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday he’ll extend an order, first issued in the summer, keeping the National Guard activated so that he can call on it to protect the state Capitol building and other state buildings if needed.
      Kemp put the Guard on alert nel mese di luglio after violent clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators in Atlanta during protests against police brutality.

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