Florida National Guard Provides COVID-19 Response After Order From Governor Ron Desantis

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The Florida National Guard, under the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, is responding to the needs of the state alongside our interagency partners, helping to protect citizens and guests throughout this crisis.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida National Guard, under the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, is responding to the needs of the state alongside our interagency partners, helping to protect citizens and guests throughout this crisis.

The Florida National Guard has 2,449 Guardsmen on duty in support of Florida’s COVID-19 response, and are operating 22 Community Based Testing Sites (CBTS) and have administered 153,022 sample collections to date at those sites.

■ The C.B. Smith Park CBTS in Broward County has administered 29,365 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Hard Rock Stadium CBTS in Miami-Dade County has administered 25,016 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Marlins Park CBTS in Miami-Dade County has administered 11,960 sample collections since operations began there.

■ Orange County Convention Center in Orange County has administered 14,702 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The West Palm Beach Fit Team Stadium Site in Palm Beach County has administered 17,328 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Amelia Earhart Park/Hialeah Site in Miami-Dade County has administered 6,180 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Delray Beach Site in Palm Beach County has administered 5,014 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The TIAA Field Site in Duval County has administered 7,331 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The War Memorial Site in Broward County has administered 3,234 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The University Town Center Mall Site in Sarasota County has administered 4,868 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Univ. of West Florida Site in Escambia County has administered 3,134 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Century Link Stadium Site in Lee County has administered 3,597 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Mitchell Moore Park Walk-Up Site in Broward County has administered 4,222 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Urban League Walk-Up Site in Broward County has administered 3,002 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Florida A&M Walk-Up Site in Leon County has administered 3,674 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Holy Family Walk-Up Site in Miami-Dade County has administered 1,226 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The West Palm Beach Health Center Walk-Up Site in Palm Beach County has administered 299 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Delray Beach Health Center Walk-Up Site in Palm Beach County has administered 458 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Jupiter Community Collection Walk-Up Site in Palm Beach County has administered 319 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Belle Glade Hybrid Site in Palm Beach County has administered 3,446 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Miami Beach Convention Center Hybrid Site in Miami-Dade County has administered 1,174 sample collections since operations began there.

■ The Legends Center Walk-Up Site in Duval County has administered 134 sample collections since operations began there.

The FLNG is supporting airport screening operations in support of the Florida Department of Health at seven airports:

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Miami International Airport (MIA), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Tampa International Airport (TPA), Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI).

The FLNG Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen are also mobilized in support of the State Logistics Readiness Center (SLRC) 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 http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/covid19-toolkit.html

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