More than 30,000 National Guardsmen remain activated for the coronavirus pandemic response — and there’s no end in sight, Military Times reported Thursday.
Troops have been involved in work in hospitals, at testing stations, distributing supplies and providing logistics back-up to local agencies— even helping process unemployment claims — since March, the news outlet reported.
“Thankfully, civil disturbance operations seem to be receding,” Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel said, referring to protests after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
His remarks came at a Brookings Institution webinar, Military Times reported.
“But COVID-19 appears to be, maybe even on the rise, in some cases, and there’s no sign of operational tempo reduction in the near future.”
Mobilizations could continue over the next six months to a year, he added.
The National Guard didn’t provide a number of how many tested positive after mobilizing, Military Times reported.
But some 2,000 members have contracted the virus since the pandemic began, with half of those cases still active, Master Sgt. Mike Houk told the news outlet.
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