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Iowa Guard Airmen support COVID-19 Test Iowa initiative

COVID-19 test Sioux City, Iowa

Test Iowa sign at the entrance of the Sioux City, Iowa COVOD-19 test site provides instruction for motorist as they enter the test area located the Western Iowa Technical Community College campus on the May 7, 2020. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

COVID-19 test Sioux City, Iowa

Members of the Iowa National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing at the entrance of the Sioux City, Iowa COVOD-19 “Test Iowa” site help motorist through the test line in the parking lot of the Western Iowa Technical Community College campus on the May 7, 2020. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

COVID-19 test Sioux City, Iowa

Medical staff from Sioux City, Iowa area hospitals administrate a COVID-19 test at the Sioux City test site on the Western Iowa Technical Community College campus on the May 7, 2020. Test are being completed as part of the “Test Iowa” COVID-19 test initiative. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

COVID-19 test Sioux City, Iowa

Medical staff from Sioux City, Iowa area hospitals administrate a COVID-19 test at the Sioux City test site on the Western Iowa Technical Community College campus on the May 7, 2020. Test are being completed as part of the “Test Iowa” COVID-19 test initiative. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

COVID-19 test Sioux City Iowa

Aircrew piloting a U.S. Army UH-72 Lakota helicopter assigned to the Iowa Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 376th Aviation Support Facility based in Waterloo prepare to depart from a soccer field at the Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City, Iowa on May 7, 2020. The helicopter crew is picking up COVID-19 test samples that have been collected at the Sioux City, Iowa test site that will be delivered to the Iowa Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville, Iowa. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

COVID-19 test Sioux City Iowa

Aircrew piloting a U.S. Army UH-72 Lakota helicopter assigned to the Iowa Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 376th Aviation Support Facility based in Waterloo prepare to depart from a soccer field at the Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City, Iowa on May 7, 2020. The helicopter crew is picking up COVID-19 test samples that have been collected at the Sioux City, Iowa test site that will be delivered to the Iowa Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville, Iowa. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

COVID-19 test Sioux City Iowa

Aircrew piloting a U.S. Army UH-72 Lakota helicopter assigned to the Iowa Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 376th Aviation Support Facility based in Waterloo prepare to depart from a soccer field at the Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City, Iowa on May 7, 2020. The helicopter crew is picking up COVID-19 test samples that have been collected at the Sioux City, Iowa test site that will be delivered to the Iowa Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville, Iowa. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

COVID-19 test Sioux City, Iowa

A road sign along the Iowa Highway 75 bypass in Sioux City, Iowa displays instructions for motorist to exit in order to be tested for COVID-19 at the Sioux City, Iowa test site on May 7, 2020. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

COVID-19 test Sioux City, Iowa

Members of the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing at the entrance of the Sioux City, Iowa COVOD-19 “Test Iowa” site help motorist through the test line in the parking lot of the Western Iowa Technical Community College campus on the May 7, 2020. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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Test Iowa sign at the entrance of the Sioux City, Iowa COVOD-19 test site provides instruction for motorist as they enter the test area located the Western Iowa Technical Community College campus on the May 7, 2020. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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A sign at the entrance of the COVID-19 test site in Sioux City, Iowa instructs motorists to keep their windows closed as they make their way to the drive through test site that is temporarily erected in the parking lot of the Western Iowa Technical Community College parking lot on May 7, 2020. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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Iowa Air National Guard members are assisting with COVID-19 testing activates in Sioux City, Iowa this week. A team of 35 members from the Sioux City, Iowa based 185th Air Refueling Wing helped set up, and are now assisting local and state agencies with logistics and traffic control at a COVID-19 test site in Sioux City. The drive through test site was set up this week in the parking of the Western Iowa Technical Community College campus, located in the Morningside area of Sioux City along the Highway 75 bypass. According to 1st Lieutenant Matt Wulf of the Iowa Air Guard, community members who are presenting with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 can sign up on line. Once the determination is made that they are eligible to be tested they are allowed to visit the drive through test site at the WIT campus. The “Test Iowa” initiative is being directed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds as part of ongoing efforts in determining an effective state wide response to COVID-19. Wulf said as of this week there are four test sites in the state were members of the Iowa Air and Army National Guard are providing assistance with testing. He added that additional test sites in Iowa may be created as early as next week. Samples collected from Sioux City and the rest of the test sites around the state are sent to the Iowa Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville, Iowa. Once delivered the samples are processed with the goal of providing results in within 24 hours. Because of the large distance between Sioux City and the eastern Iowa based laboratory, a helicopter from the Iowa Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 376th Aviation Support Facility in Waterloo is assisting. The U.S. Army UH-72 Lakota is dispatched to Sioux City at the end each day to provide quick delivery of samples collected from the western Iowa test site. Wulf said 185th Airmen are planning on providing manning for the test site in Sioux City through the end of next week. He added that his team is ready to support continuing needs as the state response to COVID-19 continues to evolve.

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A team of 35 Iowa Air National Guard members from the 185th Air Refueling Wing helped set up a COVID-19 test site in Sioux City, Iowa this week.

The Iowa Airmen are assisting local and state agencies with logistics and traffic control at the drive through test site that is set up in the parking lot of the Western Iowa Technical Community College campus, on the east side of Sioux City just off the Highway 75 bypass.

“The mission is to help facilitate local entities with the testing process for individuals that are suspected of having COVID-19 related issues or illnesses,” said 1st Lt. Matt Wulf of the Iowa Air Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing.

Wulf is tasked as the officer in charge of the military team assigned to the Sioux City, Iowa test site. Wulf said community members who are presenting with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 can sign up on line in order to be tested. He said when the determination is made that a person is eligible to be tested they are invited to visit the drive through test site at the WIT campus.

“Throughout the assessment they are asked a series of questions. They want to know if you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive,” Wulf commented. 

The “Test Iowa” initiative is directed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds through the department of public health as part of ongoing efforts in an effort to determine an effective state wide response to COVID-19.

Wulf said there are four test sites in the state were members of the Iowa Air and Army National Guard are providing assistance with testing. He added that additional test sites in Iowa may be created as early as next week.

Samples collected from Sioux City and the rest of the test sites around the state are sent to the Iowa Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville, Iowa. Once the samples are delivered they are processed with the goal of providing daily results about every 24 hours.

A U.S. Army UH-72 Lakota helicopter from the Iowa Army National Guard’s 376th Aviation Support Facility, based in Waterloo, Iowa has been dispatched to Sioux City in order to deliver the samples that have been collected each day.

Wulf said the aviation support is needed because of the large distance between Sioux City and the eastern Iowa based laboratory.

Wulf said 185th Airmen are planning on providing manning for the test site in Sioux City through the end of next week. He added that his team is ready to support continuing needs as the state response to COVID-19 continues to evolve.

“We are very excited to help out the local community doing everything we can to supplement the nursing staff to get these individuals tested,” Wulf explained.

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