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TAG Line April 17, 2020

Guard Assists Three Affiliated Tribes with Mobile Testing

The N.D. National Guard assisted the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes, with mobile COVID-19 testing on April 11 and April 13 as part of the N.D. Department of Health's Operation Drive-In. About 400 tests were administered at the Elbowoods Memorial Health Center in New Town on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation by members of the N.D. National Guard's 81st Civil Support Team, 191st Military Police Company and others. Top photo. Lt. Col. Barb Lowe consults with volunteers who assisted with the COVID-19 mobile testing on April 11.

N.D. Army National Guard military police discuss how they will control traffic at the mobile COVID-19 testing at the Elbowoods Memorial Health Center in New Town on April 11. Patients were able to complete the testing while seated in their vehicle.

Soldiers from the 816th and 191st Military Police Companies work together to collect information from patients at the COVID-19 mobile testing site at Elbowoods Memorial Health Center in New Town on April 11.
Spc. Scott Melbarzdis, right, 816th Military Police Company and Staff Sgt. Jory Shypkowski, 81st Civil Support Team, work together to test patients at the mobile testing site in New Town on April 11.

Vehicles awaiting COVID-19 mobile testing at Elbowoods Memorial Health Center in New Town on April 11.

Sgt. Colton Bosch, 816th Military Police Company, collects information from patients at the mobile testing site at Elbowoods Memorial Health Center on April 11.
Lt. Col. Pat Flanagan, commander of the 81st Civil Support Team, thanks members of the Three Affiliated Tribes for the blanket presented to the N.D. National Guard in appreciation of the support provided during the mobile COVID-19 testing in New Town.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, discusses ideas with local healthcare officials at the Elbowoods Memorial Health Center in New Town on April 11. The discussion centered on how to best serve smaller communities in the state. The N.D. National Guard is a partner of the whole of community response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guard Assists with Mobile Testing in Grand Forks

N.D. National Guardsmen assisted the N.D. Dept. Of Health, Grand Forks Public Health and Devils Lake Public Health with the 5th iteration of Operation Drive-In in Grand Forks on April 16. The Soldiers and Airmen helped collect more than 400 tests throughout the day, the highest single-day testing number for mobile testing site operations.

Spc. Scott Melbarzdis of the 816th Military Police Company and Spc. Brian Goulet of the 191st Military Police Company work together to collect patients’ information for the testing kits at the COVID-19 mobile testing site in Grand Forks on April 16.

Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Sigl, right, assembles testing kits for providers on April 16 in Grand Forks. Patients were guided through the mobile COVID-19 testing lanes while staying in the comfort of their vehicles.

Capt. Laura Schmidt, 81st Civil Support Team, directs cars through the mobile testing station in Grand Forks on April 16. Patients were guided through the mobile testing lane tested for COVID-19, while staying in the comfort of their own vehicles.

Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard work with local law enforcement and healthcare staff to test patients at the COVID-19 mobile testing site in Grand Forks on April 16. The testing operation was active for five hours and more than 400 people were tested.

For more information on the state response to COVID-19 check the NDResponse.gov website.

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