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Photos of the Whole-of-America Response to COVID-19 Volume 5

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Release Date:
mars 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The whole-of-America response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic continues as soldiers, federal agencies, private sector partners and non-profit organizations work together to supply critical resources to medical facilities, while also assisting with critical functions like supplying and staffing local food banks to help communities.

To learn more about the federal government COVID-19 response, visit

Connecticut National Guard assists medical supply distribution for COVID-19 pandemic response

Connecticut National Guard assists medical supply distribution in support of COVID-19 pandemic response

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (March 30, 2020) — Connecticut National Guard Spc. Zorina Molina (left), a 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion culinary specialist, and Spc. Rakeem Lewis, a 1048th Medium Truck Company transportation specialist, organize boxes containing personal protective equipment at a warehouse in New Britain, Connecticut. The Connecticut National Guard’s role at this location is to provide logistical support for the state’s healthcare system by assisting in distribution of personal protective equipment, medical supplies and medical equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker

Personal Protection Equipment Arrives at JFK International Airport

Pallets of cargo offloaded from plane.

NEW YORK (March 29, 2020) — A commercial carrier landed at John F. Kennedy airport carrying gloves, gowns and masks for distribution in the hardest-hit states caring for coronavirus patients. The first plane, funded by FEMA, will distribute most of the supplies in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Photo by K.C. Wilsey of FEMA

Coast Guard escorts USNS Comfort into New York Harbor

USNS Comfort sails under a bridge escorted by smaller ships.

NEW YORK (March 30, 2020) — U.S. Coast Guard, New York Police Department and New York Fire Department assets, provide  security escort for USNS Comfort’s arrival into New York Harbor. Coast Guard Cutters Shrike and Sitkinak, Maritime Safety and Security Team New York and crews from Coast Guard Station New York and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod conducted the escort as Comfort arrived to assist in the COVID-19 response.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall

Michigan National Guard staffs Michigan food banks

A National Guard Soldier tapes a box of medical supplies for shipment.

FLINT, Mich. (March 30, 2020) — Michigan National Guard members help distribute food for Michigan families in need during the state’s response to COVID-19 at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint.

U.S. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Cessna

USNS Mercy sailors prepare to receive patients

Navy Medical personnel don protective gear to treat patients.

LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2020) — U.S. Navy Sailors prepare for incoming patients aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19). Mercy deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore-based hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden