GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – As closures multiply and the Coronavirus continues to make an impact on our community, KREX 5 spoke with the Colorado National Guard to learn more about its capabilities during this pandemic.
Currently the Colorado National Guard has activated about 50 members from two different specialty teams and put them on a task force.
The task force is assisting the lead agency, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, with the Mobile Drive-Up Testing Center.
Lt. Col. Matthew Morton says, “We’re part of Colorado, we live in Colorado communities, we are Colorado citizens as well and so we are very much, just as vested in moving through this crisis that we’re in and thus we’re here to help and we support our state in anyway that we can.“
The Colorado National Guard is more than 5,000 strong, between the army and air divisions.
So far, the Mobile Drive-up Testing Center has visited Denver and Telluride, and its next location will be determined by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.