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Top photo: The N.D. National Guard assists with traffic control during COVID-19 mobile testing in Dickinson on April 28.

National Guard continues to Support COVID-19 Response

The N.D. National Guard continues to support the N.D. Department of Health's (NDDoH) mobile COVID-19 testing all across the state. Guard members assist in vehicle traffic control, collecting information from test participants, administering tests, and helping with documentation and processing of test samples at the NDDoH's microbiology lab in Bismarck. This week, the Guard added a second testing team in order to support additional mobile testing capability.

Mobile Testing in Dickinson

On April 28, about 525 COVID-19 tests were administered in Dickinson. Members of the 81st Civil Support Team along with Soldiers from the 191st and 816th Military Police Companies teamed up with the N.D. Department of Health and local agencies at the West River Community Center to test participants in their vehicles.

Soldiers from the 191st and 816th Military Police Companies set up the COVID-19 mobile testing site lanes at the West River Community Center in Dickinson on April 28. Their efforts ensured smooth orderly traffic patterns which maximized efficiency of testing stations.

Maj. Waylon Tomac, 81st Civil Support Team, is interviewed by KFYR-TV reporter Daniel Burbank at the COVID-19 mobile testing in Dickinson on April 28.

Staff Sgt. Nathan Greff, 816th Military Police Company, hands patient information form at the COVID-19 mobile testing April 28 in Dickinson.
Spc. Scott Melbarzdis, 816th Military Police Company, and Sr. Firefighter Brad Banyai, Dickinson Fire Department, prepare patient’s documentation prior to COVID-19 testing April 28 in Dickinson.

Fargo's Mobile COVID-19 Testing

Soldiers and Airmen of the N.D. National Guard partnered with the N.D. Department of Health and other civilian agencies in dispensing over 1,000 COVID-19 tests in Fargo on April 25 and 26. The tests were administered to community volunteers in their vehicles. The National Guard members utilized personal protective equipment and follow distance guidance measures to prevent the spread of the virus. They are working to help their neighbors in the communities where they live and work.

(Top Left) Sgt. Caleb Boyer, of the N.D. Army National Guard, left, Staff Sgt. Misty Poitra, of the N.D. Air national Guard, gather a COVID-19 test in Fargo on April 26. (Bottom Left) 119th Medical Group members Lt. Col. Dwight Harley, left, and Staff Sgt. Misty Poitra prepare to administer COVID-19 tests in Fargo on April 26. (Right) Senior Airman Kayla Dalquist, 119th Medical Group, uses an oral swab to administer a COVID-19 test in Fargo.

Col. Brian Keller, N.D. National Guard deputy state surgeon, leans toward a vehicle to gather a swab sample during COVID-19 mobile testing with the assistance of Senior Airman Kayla Dalquist, 119th Medical Group. This testing was conducted in the parking lot of the Fargo Dome on April 25.

N.D. National Guard Soldiers Staff Sgt. David Harlow, left, and Maj. Shelley Bartow, administer a COVID-19 test in the parking lot of the Fargo Dome on April 25.

Staff Sgt. Misty Poitra, 119th Medical Group, gathers information before administering a COVID-19 test in the parking lot of the Fargo Dome on April 25.

Spc. LaDora Schmidt, verifies patient information from a COVID-19 testing participant in Fargo on April 25.

Lt. Col. Patrick Flanagan, commander of the 81st Civil Support Team, addresses television reporters about the mobile COVID-19 testing administered in the Fargo Dome parking lot on April 25, as Maj. Amber Schatz, N.D. National Guard public information officer looks on.

Spc. LaDora Schmidt, administers COVID-19 test with the assistance of Staff Sgt. Branden Grindall in the parking lot of the Fargo Dome onApril 25.

Staff Sgt. David Hathaway and Maj. Shelley Bartow, of the N.D. National guard state medical detachment, take a COVID-19 swab sample from an asymptomatic Fargo Fire Department fire fighter in the parking lot of the Fargo Dome on April 25.

Maj. Shelley Bartow, of the N.D. National guard state medical detachment, administers a COVID-19 test swab to an asymptomatic Fargo Fire Department fire fighter in the parking lot of the Fargo Dome on April 25.

Promotion and Recognition

Leah Thompson was promoted to private first class by Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann at Fraine Barracks on April 24. Thompson, an intelligence analyst for the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, is serving on state active duty in support of the N.D. Department of Emergency Services during the COVID-19 response. After the promotion, Dohrmann presented her with a coin in recognition of outstanding performance in providing information and intelligence updates to the Governor Burgum.

Sgt. 1st Class Laura Balliet watches Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann practices social distancing when presenting Thompson a coin for outstanding duty performance in support of the state's COVID-19 response.

Mobile Testing in Grand Forks

N.D. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen partnered with the N.D. Department of Health and other civilian agencies in mobile COVID-19 testing in Grand Forks. More than 700 tests were administered in the parking lot of the Alerus Center on April 23.

Spc. Joshua Klemen, 191st Military Police Company, gathers information from a COVID-19 testing participant in Grand Forks on April 23.

Spc. Aaron Kanter, and Spc. Richie Delgado, both of the 191st Military Police Company, gather information from COVID-19 mobile testing participants in Grand Forks on April 23.

Spc. Konner Elliott, left and Spc. Kimberly Ness gather information from COVID-19 mobile testing participants in Grand Forks on April 23.

Chantel Vazquez, a registered nurse working with the N.D. Department of Health, with assistance of Spc. Samantha Crabbe, N.D. Army National Guard state medical detachment, takes a swab sample from an asymptomatic Grand Forks Fire Department Fire Fighter in Grand Forks on April 23.

Senior Airman Kayla Dalquist, 119th Medical Group, right, prepares to administer a COVID-19 test in Grand Forks on April 23.

Chantel Vazquez, a registered nurse working with the N.D. Department of Health, with assistance of Spc. Samantha Crabbe, N.D. Army National Guard state medical detachment, takes a swab sample from an asymptomatic Grand Forks Fire Department Fire Fighter in Grand Forks on April 23.

Guardsmen partner with Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa for COVID-19 Testing

The N.D. National Guard partnered with members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in conducting mobile testing in Belcourt on April 30. The testing team consisted of representatives from N.D. Department of Health, Indian Health Services, and employees of theQuentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility. This partnership allowed for the collection of more than 580 COVID-19 test samples.

Jennifer Tandeski of the Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility, and Pfc. Chance Fanta, 191st Military Police Company, collect patient data at the drive-in testing in Belcourt on April 30.

Jacey Decoteau, verifies patient information with the assistance of Spc. Joshua Klemen and Kirsten Morin during drive in testing in Belcourt on April 30.

Senior Airman Abigail Swanson, 119th Medical Group (left), assists Karen Reiser a Nurse Practitioner with Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility, with a COVID-19 sample.

Jamie Azure (right), Turtle Mountain Tribal Chairman thanks members of the N.D. National Guard at the completion of the drive in testing in Belcourt on April 30. Scott Davis, N.D. Executive Director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, left, and Shelly Harris, CEO of Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility, also expressed their gratitude.

For More Information

For more information on the state response to COVID-19 check the NDResponse.gov and the N.D. Department of Health websites.

Gratitude for the N.D. National Guard

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