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PA National Guard support COVID-19 test site in Montgomery County

Pennsylvania Guard Members test medical equipment before Montgomery County residents arrive at a a coronavirus testing site in Upper Dublin Township on March 21, 2020. At the direction of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, approximately 80 Guard troops worked with Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency and local authorities to establish drive-through COVID-19 testing at Temple University’s Ambler Campus.

Pennsylvania Guard Members test medical equipment before Montgomery County residents arrive at a a coronavirus testing site in Upper Dublin Township on March 21, 2020. At the direction of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, approximately 80 Guard troops worked with Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency and local authorities to establish drive-through COVID-19 testing at Temple University’s Ambler Campus. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Wil Acosta)

HORSHAM AIR GUARD STATION, Pa. --

This week, approximately 80 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were directed by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to support Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency in establishing the first mass testing site for Coronavirus 2019 in Upper Dublin Township.

In efforts to curb the COVID-19 public health emergency, the PA National Guard worked with Montgomery County officials, Upper Dublin Township, Temple University and other state and federal partners to open a drive-through testing location at Temple University’s Ambler Campus on March 21, 2020.

Though this was a joint effort, the test site remained under the control of Montgomery County.

"The PA National Guard has skilled professionals who are trained and experienced in conducting operations under challenging conditions" said Col. Frank Montgomery, director of military support for the Pennsylvania National Guard. "We are proud to be able to share this expertise with our Commonwealth partners to help our fellow Pennsylvanians during these trying times."

Testing was by appointment only, and no treatment was administered on site according to a recent county press release. Because of limited supplies, county officials limited initial testing to those who met one or more of the following prerequisites:

• Fever at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath
• Temperature at or above 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and 65 years of age or older
• First responders such as law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services or dispatchers with potential exposure to COVID-19
• Healthcare workers proving direct patient care with potential exposure to COVID-19 and no access to testing through their employer

For additional information on COVID-19 and testing, visit www.montcopa.org/COVID-19.

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