40 Arkansas National Guardsmen from the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will deploy to nine hospitals in eight Arkansas cities to assist local health care facilities with Covid-19 testing in order to help protect state residents and meet testing demand in the current Covid-19 surge, a media alert sent out on Thursday said.
Jonesboro is the only city set to have two different hospitals receiving assistance from the Arkansas National Guard.
The 40 are being sent at the request of hospital administrators at each location to assist staff with the recent spike the state is experiencing in Covid-19 cases and the desire of Arkansans to seek testing.
Guardsmen will report for duty beginning Jan. 10 to assist at testing sites.
Four Guardsmen are going to Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville, four to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, six to St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, four to Northeast Arkansas Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, six to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, two to Baxter Regional Health System in Mountain Home, two to Jefferson Regional Hospital in Pine Bluff, six to Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers, and six to Washington Regional Medical Center in Springdale.
The Arkansas National Guard assumes support roles to augment civil authorities, where needed and directed by the Governor, to help in a crisis.