WASHINGTON — The whole-of-America response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic continued through the weekend and today, as a much-needed donation of PPE arrived from the Republic of Korea and an alternate care facility opened in Washington, D.C.
National Guardsmen continued their support in Ohio and Florida, while COVID-19 antibody testing began in California.
Meanwhile, FEMA continues coordinating Project Airbridge flights for critical medical supplies distribution. As of May 10, Project Airbridge has completed 130 flights with more than 40 scheduled or in transit. Two flights landed Sunday, one each in Chicago and New York. Two flights are scheduled to land in Chicago today.
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 May 10:
- More than 1.3 million N-95 masks.
- More than 921 million gloves.
- More than 91 million surgical masks.
- More than 15.9 million surgical gowns.
- More than 2.3 million thermometers.
- Nearly 1 million face shields.
- More than 392,000 coveralls.
- More than 109,000 stethoscopes.
- More than 370,000 oxygen masks.
- More than 250,000 swabs.
- More than 160,000 swabs.
- More than 160,000 cannulas.
FEMA Receives Donated Masks from the Republic of Korea
CUMBERLAND, Md. (May 11, 2020) — Nearly 2 million KN-94 masks donated from the Republic of Korea are unloaded at the Cumberland Manufactured Housing Storage site. The masks will be delivered to areas where supplies are most needed.
Alternate Care Facility Opens in District of Columbia
WASHINGTON (May 11, 2020) — FEMA coordinated with DoD, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore Division, Washington D.C. officials and medical professionals from MedStar to transform the Walter E. Washington Convention Center into an alternate care facility.
FEMA photo by Amanda Hancher
Ohioans Serve One Another During Food Bank Event
TOLEDO, Ohio (May 9, 2020) — Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jacquelyn Layson directs traffic during a drive-thru food distribution event at the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank - More than 700 Ohio National Guard and military reserve members were activated to provide humanitarian missions to support Operation Steady Resolve COVID-19 relief efforts. To date, the Ohio National Guard has assisted in distributing more than 9.9 million pounds of food and pantry items to Ohioans in need.
Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker
Nurses Begin COVID-19 Antibody Testing in Orange County, Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. (May 9, 2020) — Nurses working alongside airmen with the 125th Air Expeditionary Squadron begin antibody testing at the Orange County Convention Center Community Based Testing site. The nurses are collecting blood samples to test for antibodies against COVID-19.
U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Orion Oettel
Walk-up Testing Site Opens at Bob Hayes Sports Complex and Legends Center
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 9, 2020) — Soldiers with the Florida National Guard’s 868th Engineer Company and members of the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department open a COVID-19 walk-up testing site at Bob Hayes Sports Complex and Legends Center. The walk-up site allows those without vehicles to be tested.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Baltz