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National Guard sets up additional COVID-19 testing sites

by Nevada State News
Nevada National Guard personnel assist Washoe County Health District with COVID-19 sample collection.

CARSON CITY—The Nevada National Guard is assisting this week with setup of two new COVID-19 testing sites in Las Vegas and the Quad County region.

About 80 Guardsmen will help Southern Nevada Health District with the two-day set up of a drive-through community collection site at the Orleans Hotel and Casino parking garage. Guardsmen will remain on site to provide traffic control and will provide medical personnel for sample collection.  

The initial goal is 300 tests per day at the location with hopes of ramping up to 900 per day, said Maj. Laurie MacAfee, Nevada Army National Guard Medical Detachment commander and deputy commander, Nevada National Guard Task Force Medical. 

Guardsmen will also assist with a mobile collection site that will start in Carson City and rotate around 11 locations in Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties and Carson City.

The Nevada National Guard has assisted at the drive-through sample collection site at UNLV since mid-April, and at the Washoe County Health District’s drive-through location at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center since April 17.

The additional Guard support is the result of mid-April orders by Gov. Steve Sisolak to activate additional personnel.

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