Photos of the Whole-of-America Response to COVID-19 Volume 6

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March 31, 2020

WASHINGTON — The whole-of-America response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic continues, as additional shipments from FEMA’s air bridge arrive to help supply critical areas and National Guard soldiers assist with community-based testing facilities and setting up alternative medical facilities.

Under the White House Coronavirus Task Force's direction, FEMA, HHS and our federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole-of-America response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.

FEMA is expediting the movement of critical supplies from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the country. Each flight contains critical personal protective equipment, including gloves, gowns, goggles and masks.
Over the next several days, additional flights of medical supplies from Asia are scheduled to arrive, supplementing critical resources as Americans continue to stay at home to help avoid further spread of the virus.

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

53rd IBCT assists COVID-19 Site

A male soldier directing traffic

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 31, 2020) — U.S. Army Spc. Alexandra Townsend, a Soldier in the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, directs a vehicle going through the COVID-19 testing center at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla. The 53rd IBCT is providing Palm Beach County with logistical support and manpower in the fight against COVID-19.

U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Cory Schreiner. 

FEMA Air Bridge Delivers supplies to Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Cargo is lowered from a jet.

CHICAGO (March 30, 2020) — An international cargo plane from Shanghai, China delivers surgical gloves to Chicago’s O’Hare airport in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The delivery is part of a FEMA air bridge to bring supplies, such as N-95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves and gowns to battle the virus. FEMA continues to schedule flights to bring supplies to the hardest hit areas.

Photo by Dominick Del Vecchio/FEMA

New Hampshire Guardsmen Prepare Supplies for COVID-19 Operations

Two soldiers stacking boxes of PPE

CONCORD, N.H. (March 30, 2020)  — Spc. Alexander Cruz-Martinez (left) and Staff Sgt. Carey Morris, of the New Hampshire Army National Guard, load boxes of personal protective equipment onto a military cargo truck in Concord. The supplies, including latex gloves and face masks, were shipped and stored in preparation for potential state COVID-19 support operations.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Charles Johnston

National Guard Assists Setting Up McCormick Place Convention Center

3 male soldiers and one female soldiers putting together a medical bed

CHICAGO (March 30, 2020) — Members of the Illinois Air National Guard assemble medical equipment at the McCormick Place Convention Center in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Chicago. Approximately 30 members of the Illinois Air National Guard were activated to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA to convert part of the McCormick Place Convention Center into an Alternate Care Facility (ACF) for COVID-19. The facility will be used for patients with mild symptoms who do not require intensive care in the Chicago area.

U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Jay Grabiec


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