Saturday, March 21, 2020

Send in the troops: More than 3,300 National Guard soldiers deployed across 28 states

Via Billy

Soldiers from the Michigan National Guard assist Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with assembling and loading critical personal protective gear, such as gloves, gowns, and face shields, on Wednesday in this undisclosed location

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work to convert 10,000 hotel and dorm rooms to hospitals in New York as military expands role

With tens of millions of Americans on lockdown and more expected, the United States military is likely to take on a greater role in helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the coming days and weeks.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is looking at converting more than 10,000 rooms in New York, potentially in hotels and college dorms, into medical care units to help address the fast-spreading coronavirus, the commanding general of the Army Corps said on Friday.

President Trump on Friday declared New York State a major disaster area as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases skyrockets and New York City was declared the epicenter of the US outbreak by Mayor Bill de Blasio.  

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