The Texas Army National Guard tests people with coronavirus symptoms in Edwards County. photos by Brenna Bissett
Texas Army National Guard tests 8 people for COVID-19 in Edwards Co
Last Friday, by the Edwards County Park Building, 37 soldiers with Texas Army National Guard had their tent stations set up for coronavirus testing. Anyone experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19 were eligible to be tested.
This effort was organized with the Edwards County Emergency Management Coordinator, Jon Elliott, on very short notice after the county only received notice at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Some websites posted the testing , but basically on too short of notice also. He distributed flyers to local businesses on Thursday and the Senior Activity Center staff took flyers to Rocksprings residents with meal delivery set up.
There were so many soldiers because they needed to rotate who had to wear the personal protection equipment (white suits), which are extremely hot anyway and especially on as warm of a day as it was Friday, to avoid overheating and dehydrating. There were a couple of soldiers at a time who were wearing these suits and they were the only ones in direct contact with any person being tested. The other soldiers had on uniforms
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