WASHINGTON — The whole-of-America response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic continued worldwide today, as National Guardsmen from Guam to Connecticut provided support, working on alternate care facility plans and drive-thru testing sites. Active duty military members and U.S. postal workers continued their COVID-19 response efforts as well.
FEMA continues to expedite movement of commercially pre-sourced and commercially procured critical supplies from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the U.S. through Project Airbridge.
As of April 17, 55 flights have been completed to expedite movement of both private sector distributor-procured supplies (Project Airbridge) and federal government-procured supplies. An additional 45-plus flights are scheduled.
Through Project Airbridge, the following supplies have been delivered from overseas manufacturers to the U.S. and into private sector supply chains from March 29 to April 15:
- More than 44.5 million N-95 masks
- More than 523.7 million gloves
- More than 10 million surgical masks
- More than 10 million surgical gowns
- More than 5.6 million face shields
- More than 210,000 coveralls
To date, FEMA and our federal partners have coordinated the delivery of more than 10,000 ventilators, helped establish more than 27,300 additional hospital beds and ensured more than 3 million samples were tested for COVID-19 throughout the country.
Guam National Guard Conducts Logistics Assessment for COVID-19 Support
TAMUNING, Guam (April 17, 2020) — Guam Air National Guard Airmen from the 254th REDHORSE Squadron meet with personnel from Guam’s Department of Public Works and Power Authority to discuss logistics for a potential alternate care facility at the Guam Memorial Hospital in Tamuning. The Guam National Guard continues working with federal and local agencies during the island’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by JoAnna Delfin
Postal Carriers Continue Mail Delivery During COVID-19
LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (April 14, 2020) — Letter Carrier Edward Amoako wears PPE while delivering mail. Amoako is part of the 600,000-employee workforce that is processing, transporting, and delivering mail and packages for the American public. The Postal Service has a dedicated leadership focusing on employee and customer safety, while continuing service during the COVID-19 response.
U.S. Postal Service photo
Connecticut National Guard powers COVID-19 Testing Site
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (April 17, 2020) — Staff Sgt. Brittany Sylvia, of the Connecticut Air National Guard’s 103rd Air Control Squadron, records patient information at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site operated by the state of Connecticut and CVS Health.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker
Sailors Distribute Masks for COVID-19 at Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan
ATSUGI, Japan (April 17, 2020) — Construction Electrician 3rd Class Hunter Vicknair (right) hands out masks on Naval Air Facility Atsugi. The masks are provided to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 on base.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Rafael Avelar
Chapel and Mental Health Specialists Provide Health Services Overseas
ALI AL SALEM, Kuwait (April 17, 2020) — Airmen from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing chapel and mental health teams pose for a portrait at Ali Al Salem Air Base. The offices worked together to stand up the Disaster Mental Health program, providing airmen here with resources to help cope with the new circumstances of COVID-19.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum