LATHAM, NY (07/31/2020) (readMedia)-- On Friday, July 31, the New York National Guard has 1,939 personnel on the COVID-19 response mission across New York.
This includes 1,617 New York Army National Guard Soldiers and 198 New York Air National Guard Airmen. 124 members of the New York Guard (the State Defense Force) and New York Naval Militia are also mobilized for the mission in State Active Duty status.
Two task force headquarters provide command and control of COVID-19 operations across the state.
Joint Task Force North is based in Syracuse and oversees missions in upstate New York. Joint Task Force South is headquartered in Manhattan and oversees missions on Long island, New York City and lower Hudson Valley.
The New York National Guard continues to coordinate with city and state officials for the readiness of the Javits Convention Center and conducts warehousing operations there.
Guard troops also continue to support access control at three potential alternate care sites on Long Island or Westchester that remain in a cold status.
The National Guard continues to support 16 drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites with administrative and logistical support. National Guard have supported tests for 461,786 people since the response began.
Sites are located at:
1) Glen Island State Park, Westchester County ;
2) Rockland County, Bear Mountain State Park, Anthony Wayne Recreational Area, Rockland County;
3) SUNY Stony Brook, Suffolk County;
4) Jones Beach State Park, Nassau County;
5) 777 Seaview Ave, Staten Island;
6) Bay Plaza Mall, Bronx;
7) Lehman College, Bronx;
8) Aqueduct Park, Queens;
9) 888 Fountain Ave, Brooklyn;
10) 114 White Ave, Brooklyn;
11) SUNY Albany, Albany;
12) SUNY Binghamton, Broome County;
13) Monroe County Community College, Monroe County;
14) Griffiss International Airport, Oneida County;
15) Niagara County Community College, Niagara County;
16) The Buffalo Sabres KeyBank Center, Erie County.
The New York National Guard's 24th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team is currently conducting COVID-19 testing at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Brooklyn for staff and patients.
New York National Guard personnel continue food packaging and distribution in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan in New York City. Soldiers and Airmen have distributed 49,678,427 meals.
Similar food distribution missions continue in Westchester County with 226,478 meals distributed since the mission began.
New York Soldiers and Airmen continue conducting logistics missions, including warehousing and commodity distribution of medical supplies at seven sites in the Hudson Valley, the Albany area, the Mohawk Valley, and New York City.
Hand sanitizer delivery to local governments is ongoing. A total of 113,852 gallons of sanitizer have been distributed in the lower Hudson Valley since the start of the mission.
Soldiers and Airmen continue packaging COVID-19 test kits for the New York State Department of Health at the Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany. Service members assembled a total of 2,722,539 test kits.
New York National Guard images continue to go up on DVIDS: https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/NYNG, and our NY National Guard Flickr site, https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyng.