National Guard working to deliver supplies

Gov. Kim Reynolds is pictured with Maj. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, the new Adjutant General for the Iowa National Guard. Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg is also pictured. (photo courtesy of Iowa Governor's Office)

Gov. Kim Reynolds’s Tuesday, April 7, COVID-19 press conference, the issue of coordination took center stage.

Reynolds shared numbers related to the six health care regions in the state, through which resources are shared. Johnson and Linn Counties, Iowa’s two counties with the most cases of the virus, are in separate regions. Reynolds reported that currently, patient volumes in these regions are manageable.

However, that can change and the state continues to monitor the numbers in an effort to avoid any facilities from getting overwhelmed. She did not share the information regarding the region that contains Marion County, which also includes Polk County.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 include:
– 102 new positive cases for a total of 1,048 in Iowa
– Marion County still has only two cases
– 11,670 total negative cases
– 104 people are hospitalized currently with COVID-19
– 314 people have recovered
– 26 deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19

Maj. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, shared that the Guard’s role in this situation is to ensure that there is personal protective equipment available to health care workers. They are also coordinating health care resources.

At the time of the press conference, over 200 Guard members had been activated and were on duty fulfilling the Guard’s role in this crisis. Transportation of PPE began last month, and Guard members have already delivered equipment to all 99 Iowa counties. Equipment is going out to providers almost as soon as it is received by the State, Corell said.

The Guard has three task force headquarters activated, which are designed for planning, communication, coordination and command. There are six regional medical coordinators on the Guard’s behalf, one per region, to facilitate multi-partner coordination.

“We will always be ready to answer the call to support our fellow Iowans,” Corell said.

Locally, the Marion County Joint Information Command shared this:
– DMACC Business Resources invites you to participate in the following upcoming FREE webinars as we navigate the fast-developing changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
HR Challenges During COVID-19: 2-part series regarding changes to small businesses and employer obligations
Session 1: Wednesday, April 8th 2-3PM
Session 2: Wednesday, April 15th 2-3PM
2. Electronic 5S : Organizing Electronic Workspaces: Friday, April 17th 11AM

As a reminder, a great deal of information regarding the response to COVID-19 has already been shared on the Marion County Tribune website. You can review everything we have shared by searching the keyword “coronavirus”. We will continue to keep you posted on any new developments.