Michigan National Guard assisting across the UP with medical equipment distribution

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Posted at 7:37 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 23:17:18-04

(WXYZ) — The Michigan National Guard has expanded its support Up North by aiding communities with medical equipment distribution during the COVID-19 crisis.

National guard members began serving at hubs in Sault Saint Marie, Marquette and Ontonagon on April 22. They've help health care professionals with distributing critical medical supplies.

“Over 500 men and women of the Michigan National guard live in communities of the Upper Peninsula as neighbors,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “They are also technical experts that have the skills to support the State of Michigan’s response to COVID-19.”

Each site will have six guard members. The guards will also plan and track critical medical supplies, along with distribution.

The Michigan National Guard has been present in cities and counties across Michigan since activation was announced on March 18.

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