Tag: deployed

More Virus Test Kits Will Soon Be on Their Way to Deployed Troops, General Says

The Defense Department expects to get novel coronavirus tests out to deployed environments in the coming weeks and months as it begins to ramp up production efforts that are essential for test kits, according to a top medical officer. Air Force Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Paul Friedrichs, the Joint Staff surgeon, said Wednesday that, as soon as the Food and Drug Administration approves emergency use authorities for test elements, such as coronavirus-specific cartridges and canisters, officials will be able to get troops in deployed environments tested faster. “We’re hearing that potentially we can begin seeing these tests for these specific machines ... Read more

Navy Reports 1st Coronavirus Cases on Deployed Warship

A deployed Navy aircraft carrier with more than 5,000 people onboard now has multiple novel coronavirus cases. Three sailors on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt, which is currently deployed in the Asia-Pacific region, tested positive for COVID-19, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told reporters Tuesday. The cases are a first for a deployed Navy ship and are likely to pose big challenges for the crew and sea service, which is working to maintain readiness and a forward presence amid a global pandemic. “Those individuals have been quarantined and are being flown off the ship today,” Modly told reporters from the Pentagon. ... Read more

More than 3,300 US National Guard soldiers deployed across 28 states as military expands role

With tens of millions of Americans on lockdown and more expected, the United States military is likely to take on a greater role in helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the coming days and weeks. The US Army Corps of Engineers is looking at converting more than 10,000 rooms in New York, potentially in hotels and college dorms, into medical care units to help address the fast-spreading coronavirus, the commanding general of the Army Corps said on Friday. President Trump on Friday declared New York State a major disaster area as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases skyrockets and ... Read more

Italy’s military deployed to transport bodies of those killed by coronavirus outbreak

The northern Italian city of Bergamo, which is the nation’s worst-hit by the coronavirus, received help from the military Thursday to transport bodies to nearby towns to be cremated. A convoy of at least 10 military trucks arrived in Bergamo, which sits northeast of Milan in the Lombardy region, to pick up coffins from the city crematorium and several morgues overwhelmed by the recent spike of deaths, national newspaper Corriere Della Sera reported. ITALY’S CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL NEARS CHINA’S AFTER LARGEST ONE-DAY SPIKE DESPITE LOCKDOWN  The mayor of Bergamo, Giorgio Gori, received help from 12 neighboring northern Italian towns to cremate 67 ... Read more

Cuomo says Navy hospital ship will be deployed to New York City

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that President Trump has agreed to deploy a floating hospital called the USNS Comfort to New York Harbor to assist the state with the novel coronavirus outbreak. Why it matters: The ship’s nearly 1,000 hospital beds aim to help reduce the risk of a severe bed shortage if the virus rapidly worsens and strains the state’s health care system. New York has so far reported more than 2,300 cases of the virus, according to the New York Times. The Navy has deployed the Comfort to previous disasters, including the Gulf Coast in 2005 ... Read more

Military is on stand-by to help fight coronavirus as MoD officials are deployed

Military is on stand-by to help fight coronavirus as MoD officials are deployed to draw up emergency contingency plans Military personnel and officials will be stationed at 38 ‘local resilience forums’ Military planners, usually despatched to war zones, will be at each forum On Thursday, British Army General Sir Nicholas Carter visited Downing Street There are fears communities will struggle to deal with the effects of the outbreak Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor? By Larisa Brown Defence And Security Editor For The Daily Mail Published: 00:33 GMT, 13 March 2020 | Updated: 01:06 GMT, ... Read more