More National Guard members will be sent to assist COVID-19 testing sites

Columbus, Ohio – On Tuesday, Governor Mike DeWine confirmed that more members of the Ohio National Guard would be deployed to assist COVID-19 testing sites around the state.

The Ohio Department of Health reports that the overall number of National Guard members working with the state’s healthcare systems has reached 2,300. Another 200 members provide medical assistance, while approximately 2,100 people provide assistance in food services, testing, administrative work, in-hospital patient transportation and other duties.

“We are grateful that National Guard members are continuing to fill critical roles in our state’s response to this pandemic, especially as the strain on our health care providers continues. As cases increase across the state, the best thing Ohioans can do is to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccine,” Governor DeWine said.

The Ohio National Guard has been sent to testing sites in Akron, Canton, Chillicothe, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Mansfield, Maumee, Zanesville, and Cincinnati.

National Guard members will also be soon sent to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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