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Iowa National Guard opens COVID-19 test site in Storm Lake

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 a temporary drive-through test site at the Western Iowa Technical Community College parking lot, May 7, 2020.

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 a temporary drive-through test site at the Western Iowa Technical Community College parking lot, May 7, 2020.

STORM LAKE, Iowa – Members of the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing and the Army National Guard’s D Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion, have opened a COVID-19 testing site in Storm Lake.

Iowa Air National Guard Lt. Col. DeAnna Pennings, the officer in charge of the test site, said the mission was to provide manpower and logistical support to the Storm Lake community and the Test Iowa mission.

Pennings said service members from various carrier fields, including medical technicians, are working closely with civilian medical professionals and gaining hands-on experience while increasing mission readiness.

The site was set up in with the Iowa Department of Public Health and is scheduled to remain open through May 22.

“The community partners have been welcoming and supportive, such a phenomenal partnership,” Pennings said.

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