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Michigan National Guard asked to assist with getting out essential COVID-19 supplies

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Posted at 10:07 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 22:17:19-04

(WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday her request for the Army National Guard to assist the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with getting out much needed supplies amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The Michigan National Guard has been involved with the COVID-19 response from a planning and coordination standpoint since the SEOC was stood up,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "The men and women of the Michigan National Guard are part of the fabric of our communities and I am confident they are ready to support state and local agencies as this response continues.”

The National Guard would be helping assemble and load critical personal protective gear, such as gloves, gowns, and face shields, according to a statement from the Michigan State Police.