Coronavirus: Combating COVID-19

The Defense Department is contributing expertise and equipment to the fight against the new coronavirus at home and around the world. Learn more about DOD’s support of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Playing an important role in the state's recovery efforts, members of the Washington National Guard are helping to make sure COVID-19 test kids are readily available.
The Georgia National Guard, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health and Augusta University, is assisting COVID-19 testing facilities in response to the public health state of emergency.
An Air Force National Guard chaplain is providing his services at a Massachusetts soldiers' home, offering inspirational support and connecting with veterans as part of his unique mission.
Letterkenny Army Depot's upholstery shop in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, switched gears from its military mission to produce personal protective equipment for a local health care system.
Dover Air Force Base, Delaware will be the home for one of the leading assets in the battle against COVID-19 — the transport isolation system.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, so does the threat from wildfires. California National Guardsmen are training to fight the devastating fires that have destroyed communities and taken dozens of lives across the state in recent years.
In the three and a half months since the first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in the United States, Montana continued to have the second-lowest number of total cases and the lowest number of cases per capita of any state in the country.
An Army garrison in Belgium turned an unused church into a medical waystation for service members suffering from the symptoms of COVID-19.
The Army’s 1st Medical Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas is on the cutting edge when it comes to protecting citizens, this time in response to COVID-19.
The Defense Department has honored health care workers and others who are risking their lives on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic with military flyovers across the U.S.
President Donald J. Trump announced Army Gen. Gustave F. Perna will co-lead an effort, dubbed Operation Warp Speed, to find a vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021.
Fort Polk-based Army medics deployed overseas to help soldiers and civilians as they endeavor to provide peace and security, and to do battle with a new enemy: COVID-19.
Soldiers and other volunteers expect to create more than 13,500 face shields for hospitals and health care workers combating COVID-19 across the country through the use of 3D printing.
Almost 47,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen have been activated to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, marking the Guard's largest domestic response since Hurricane Katrina.
First responders were honored during a 'Heroes Through Housing' event at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, aimed at boosting morale during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Army technology that's used to root out terrorism threats is now being deployed to help monitor the spread of COVID-19.
Thirteen Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Command Pensacola sailors returned to Florida after supporting COVID-19 relief efforts aboard the USNS Comfort in New York.
With kits for in-house testing, 96th Medical Group lab technicians at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., can cut the two-day processing time in half.
The Florida Army National Guard's 256th Medical Company Area Support has played an intricate and evolving role in the state's COVID-19 pandemic response.
An Army infectious diseases physician from Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas, played a key role in supporting the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt's response to COVID-19 in Guam.
Airmen operating out of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's Air Mobility Command passenger terminal have implemented procedures to ensure the safety of workers and travelers during the pandemic.
Developers from the Army Research Laboratory are collaborating with civilian partners to manufacture low-cost, emergency ventilators using 3D printers.
Iowa Army National Guard soldiers helped their fellow Iowans by transporting COVID-19 test kits.
Some 14,000 Defense Department employees from the U.S. Northern Command are battling COVID-19 in the United States, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.
North Carolina National Guard soldiers are giving back to their communities by delivering food to those in need as part of a statewide mission to assist health and emergency officials during the coronavirus pandemic.
New York National Guard soldiers, airmen and active duty and civilian medical providers fighting COVID-19 in New York City are getting the benefit of licks and a wagging tail to lift their spirits.
With restrictions in place to keep people safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, chaplains at Dover Air Force Base, Del., channeled their creativity into finding new ways of inspiring airmen and supporting spiritual resilience.
Navy Lt. (Dr.) Aaron Chambers, a doctor of podiatric medicine and fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, is helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Airmen have outfitted several models of government vehicles with transparent interior barriers in an effort to mitigate potential exposure to COVID-19 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
As part of the COVID-19 response, three Army programs led the initiative to use thermal imaging devices to screen for elevated body temperatures among personnel entering military facilities.
Despite staff shortages and health-related operating protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., animal shelter still offers limited capabilities.
More than 75 nurses at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany are volunteering to help critical care staff fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New Jersey National Guard teamed up with active-duty airmen, the Coast Guard and U.S. Northern Command civilians to establish a joint operations center for the state’s COVID-19 response.
Within weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic's spread, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, drew on its deep bench of research expertise to join the global race to find a treatment for the coronavirus disease.
Two specially trained Michigan guardsmen are working in a highly technical lab to help the state with its influx of tests for COVID-19.
Sailors assigned to Task Force 75.5 achieved the engineering initial operating capability of a 150-bed expeditionary medical facility as part of the Defense Department's fight against COVID-19 on Naval Base Guam.
Air Force airmen and contractors from the 727th Air Mobility Squadron delivered much needed supplies to Ghana where they were distributed to COVID-19 hot spots in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
The Defense Logistics Agency has ordered more than $920 million in lifesaving supplies and equipment to support the nation’s COVID-19 response so far.
Air Mobility Command's Transport Isolation System, used for transporting COVID-19 positive patients in aircraft, is the latest medical transportation development in DOD history of caring for the sick and wounded.
The religious ministries department at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, secured the donation of three pallets of food and nonperishable items for distribution to the local Italian community which was hard-hit by COVID-19.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, New York City took a hard hit. In need of relief, the city turned to the United States military for support.
In February, residents of Miami Beach, Florida, were thinking about the 80,000 visitors flooding their convention center for the NFL Experience and Super Bowl LIV. But a lot can change in two months.
Doctors, nurses and medics from the Florida National Guard joined Florida International University at the Miami Beach Convention Center to conduct training in preparation of possibly receiving patients at the alternate care facility.
Active-duty service members, reservists and National Guardsmen medical personnel and support troops are in place waging the fight against the virus, Army Lt. Col Chris Mitchell said.
Alaska National Guard leaders have built on their preemptive measures to mitigate the potential harm done by the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Thousands of New York National Guard troops are supporting COVID-19 response efforts across their state, from answering public hotlines and delivering food to retrieving the remains of those who have passed away.
The hospital ship USNS Comfort, moored in New York, has begun admitting patients from hospitals in New Jersey in an effort to expand its support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts.
Members of the Florida Army National Guard are assisting with COVID-19 testing for veterans and staff at a nursing home in southern Florida.
Government organizations and nationwide hospitals are getting valuable assets to confront the coronavirus pandemic from a Defense Department asset that manages the military's excess equipment.
The Army Corps of Engineers is on Day 35 of building 28 alternate-care facilities with about 15,800 beds, Army Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, said today. 
A small group works around the clock overseeing Air Mobility Command's contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic fight and arming mobility airmen with clear guidance on executing safe and effective operations.
The chief of operations for the Illinois National Guard joint task force responding to the COVID-19 pandemic briefed Pentagon reporters on the Guard's activities throughout the state.
A Defense Department contract under the Defense Production Act will provide more than 39 million N95 respirator masks over the next 90 days to help in the fight against the coronavirus, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.
Soldiers and airmen from the Massachusetts National Guard have been working together to complete mobile COVID-19 testing on patients at nursing homes throughout the commonwealth.
U.S. Transportation Command is moving people and supplies around the world in support of the whole-of-government effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of the Air Mobility Command used the Transport Isolation System — an infectious disease containment unit — to evacuate three COVID-19 patients from Afghanistan to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
The Army has mobilized eight Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to the East Coast to support the coronavirus relief efforts and curb the spread of disease, senior Army leaders said. 
Military medicine is at the front lines of the national COVID-19 response, bringing unique and agile expertise and rapidly deployable resources to the fight, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said.
As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, the Army has deployed its own medical professionals to the field and is now calling on former soldiers to join the battle.
The Defense Department's medical apparatus is operating across the country to bring its expertise and capacity to bear against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Army Corps of Engineers is making significant progress in providing thousands of hospital beds for the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in facilities built to handle patients with and without the virus.
Army Corps of Engineers personnel are assessing or building structures for both non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 hospitals at the request of mayors and governors from multiple states and territories.
Marines on the Japanese island of Okinawa have turned their workspace, ordinarily used for 3D printing parts for aviation maintenance, into a personal protection equipment factory in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
More than two dozen members of the New Jersey National Guard are supporting their state's COVID-19 response efforts — establishing a medical station at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey.
The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort and the Defense Department-run alternate care facility at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, both in New York City, are now taking patients with COVID-19, defense medical officials said.
The Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy deployed to Los Angeles in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts and is serving as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients.
Mayors and governors looking to get assessments of certain sites that have the potential to temporarily act as medical facilities can look to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for help. 
The Air Force's Air Mobility Command is preparing for a ninth flight that will bring coronavirus testing swabs from Italy to Memphis, Tenn., for distribution across the United States, a top Air Force official said.
Soldiers assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group's Group Support Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, are manufacturing personal protective equipment for routine care and protection against COVID-19.
The Army is assembling a 250-bed field hospital in Seattle that's meant to treat non-COVID-19 patients so area hospitals will be able to free up their own beds to care for those who have contracted the disease.
The Wisconsin National Guard is helping staff self-isolation facilities in Milwaukee and Madison and polling locations across the state for the April 7 election due to a shortage of volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New York District of the Army Corps of Engineers has completed its conversion of the 1,800,000-square-foot Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City into an alternate care facility for more than 2,000 non-COVID-19 patients.
The Defense Department is rapidly ramping up its efforts to fight COVID-19 and assist federal, state and local governments in their efforts.
Joint Staff logisticians are working around the clock to help civilian authorities deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
As two Navy hospital ships begin seeing patients in New York and Los Angeles, the Defense Department is going all out to support civilian agencies confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy has begun accepting non-COVID-19 patients in Los Angeles, freeing up local hospitals to focus on coronavirus cases.
The USNS Mercy's presence in Los Angeles will allow local hospitals to concentrate on COVID-19 care while the hospital ship's medical crew handles cases that are not related to the disease.
The Army Corps of Engineers will be transforming buildings into hospitals in the next two to three weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the commander of the Corps said.
Military and civilian personnel of U.S. European Command are working with allies and partners in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

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