SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) -- Gov. JB Pritzker has activated additional Illinois National Guard service members to support the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response operations.
About 50 soldiers from the 1844th Transportation Company based in East St. Louis will be supporting a medical warehouse in central Illinois, according to a release by the Illinois Army and Air National Guard Thursday.
Another six were activated to work at the State Emergency Operations Center to help with communications, analyze COVID-19 response operations and to provide analysis for potential flood response operations.
There are now about 200 National Guard service members deployed to support the COVID-19 response.
The Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing Medical Group, based in Peoria has approximately 45 nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners and medical technicians assisting with the Harwood Heights Community-based testing site.
About 10 Airmen from the 182nd Civil Engineering Squadron out of Peoria have concluded reconnaissance and feasibility studies of potential additional healthcare facilities including hotels and shuttered hospitals to help the state build healthcare capacity. Their findings are now being using by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to contract the work that needs to be done on sites that could be brought back into use.