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Tennessee National Guard continues COVID-19 response amid Delta variant

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Since March 2020, the Soldiers and Airmen of the Tennessee National Guard have been working alongside and supporting the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and various other state and local agencies to combat the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Thousands of Tennessee Guardsmen have volunteered to help during the pandemic.

Sgt. Joseph Brummett, a combat medic with Henderson’s Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccination in Jasper on June 15th. Brummett has participated in the Tennessee National Guard’s COVID-19 Task Force since April 2020. (Sgt. Finis L. Dailey, III)
Sgt. Joseph Brummett, a combat medic with Henderson’s Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccination in Jasper on June 15th. Brummett has participated in the Tennessee National Guard’s COVID-19 Task Force since April 2020. (Sgt. Finis L. Dailey, III)

Over the last 17 months, anywhere from 250-700 Guardsmen have been actively supporting the testing and vaccination efforts across the state.

This has resulted in Tennessee Guardsmen supporting the testing of more than 920,000 Tennesseans and the vaccination of over 1 million.

Currently, there are more than 580 Soldiers and Airmen providing support to 58 counties in Tennessee by helping with testing, vaccinations, and administrative support to health care providers.

Earlier this week the Tennessee National Guard began staffing support to various hospitals at the request of the Tennessee Department of Health. Starting on August 20th, the Tennessee National Guard sent 20 Guardsmen to Baptist Hospital in Memphis and two Guardsmen to Lafollette Healthcare in Campbell County to expand our COVID-19 Coronavirus support.

The Guardsman are capable of working in many types of hospital units and are able to help with administrative tasks.

Pfc. William Orton, a cavalry scout assigned to Newport’s O Troop, 4th Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, explains the COVID-19 vaccination process to a resident in Decatur on June 15. Orton has assisted several sites since he joined the COVID-19 Task Force in February. (Sgt. Finis L. Dailey, III)
Pfc. William Orton, a cavalry scout assigned to Newport’s O Troop, 4th Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, explains the COVID-19 vaccination process to a resident in Decatur on June 15. Orton has assisted several sites since he joined the COVID-19 Task Force in February. (Sgt. Finis L. Dailey, III)

The Tennessee National Guard is also providing five support personnel to Nashville’s Mid-Cumberland Regional Hospital Office to assist in the school’s call center.

Over the course of the pandemic, Soldiers and Airmen have also established temporary testing sites in focus areas, tested vulnerable populations at long-term care facilities, county and state corrections facilities, public housing, and many other locations across the state.

 


 

They established Infectious Disease Teams that visit hospitals and alternative care centers to help develop plans and processes that prevent and decrease COVID-19 transmissions within the facilities. Guardsmen have also provided administrative and medical assistance to hospitals, collected and distributed Personal Protective Equipment, and conducted various other tasks as requested through TEMA.  

As the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic continues, the Tennessee National Guard is prepared and ready to support any request for assistance through TEMA.

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