Coronavirus In Ohio: National Guard Shifts Focus As Pandemic Progresses

May 26, 2020

Ohio National Guard members have been performing a variety of duties during the COVID19 pandemic. But the roles of members are changing a bit as time progresses.

When the pandemic first began, National Guard members were busy setting up facilities to relieve pressure on hospitals. But Ohio hasn’t yet seen the crush of COVID-19 patients that some other states have.

Adjutant General Major John Harris Jr. says that effort is winding down and members will now be providing more support at Ohio’s nursing homes to help provide testing for the virus.

“Our mission will literally be everything from getting the sample sets and acquiring those to dropping them off at the labs and everything in between," Harris says.

Of the 900 National Guard members working on the front lines, Harris says three have contracted the disease so far.