FEMA approves additional National Guard members

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — FEMA has approved a West Virginia National Guard request to increase the number of personnel responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, the state’s adjutant general, said during Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing the National Guard’s response has been increased to 400 members. The federal government will reimburse the National Guard for 75% of the related costs.

“That will allow us to increase some additional support to DHHR epidemiology. We’ll go up to 70 personnel supporting that effort,” he said. “It’s exceptionally important that we support DHHR in that effort.”

Hoyer stressed the National Guard will be supporting state and local health agencies with the additional members. He also teased new initiatives to increase coronavirus testing.

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