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TAG Line March 27, 2020

Sgt. Domonic Delaney, 81st Civil Support Team, administers a heath screening on John Salling, a reporter with KFYR-TV, prior to entering facilities on Fraine Barracks in Bismarck on March 26.

COVID-19 in North Dakota

The global pandemic known as COVID-19 has reached North Dakota, and the N.D. National Guard has been busy supporting the N.D. Department of Health and the N.D. Department of Emergency Services. More than 30 Guardsmen are assisting in various roles in North Dakota's Whole of Government and Whole of Community response to COVID-19. On March 13, Gov. Doug Burgum declared a state of emergency, activating the State Emergency Operations Center and the Unified Command. The Unified Command is led by the N.D. adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann and State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte.

N. D. National Guardsmen are meeting daily to plan and prepare for any additional tasks from the N.D. Department of Emergency Services. Although we have been consumed by COVID-19 response, we continue to monitor the potential for Spring flooding and we are prepared to respond simultaneously if necessary.

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jon Wymer, N.D. National Guard State Chaplain, gives the opening prayer at Gov. Doug Burgum's daily press conference on March 22. Also pictured are Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford (left) and Lindsey Solberg Herbel, American Sign Language Interpreter.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general, address the Unified Command Team at the State Emergency Operations Center.

Spc. Isaac Bolton (left) and Sgt. Daniel Hampton package boxes as Pfc. Savon Flansburg assists in collecting additional items. The Soldiers are members of the 816th Military Police Company and are assisting the N.D. Department of Health during the COVID-19 response.

L-R: Tracy Miller, N.D. Department of Health, Maj. Jacy Voglewede, N.D. Air National Guard and Kodi Pinks, N.D. Department of Health, work together to support the State Emergency Operations Center's COVID-19 response on March 27.

N.D. Department of Emergency Services trailer serves as a health screening location for those entering the N.D. National Guard Headquarters or the N.D. Department of Emergency Services building on Fraine Barracks.

Maj. Preston Schaffner, 81st Civil Support Team performs health screenings in support of the COVID-19 response at the North Dakota State Emergency Operations Center on March 20.

Community Spread Explained

Remember to Practice Social Distancing

Dr. Joan Connell, field medical doctor for the N.D. Department of Health, explains what social distancing is and how it can be used to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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