FRANKFORT -- Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have begun providing augmentation and presence support to hospitals across the state.
The Guardsmen started reporting Thursday to several local hospitals throughout the Louisville region to provide that support. Service members will be assigned to additional hospitals throughout the state in the coming days.
"The Kentucky National Guard is accustomed to working with the law enforcement agencies in our state from natural disasters to yearly high-profile events like the Kentucky Derby, providing support to help increase the effectiveness of law enforcement is a task our force has conducted during both good times and under challenging conditions," said Brig. Gen. Rob Larkin, an Army Assistant Adjutant General.
With the intent of better with enabling medical providers the ability to focus on patients, and law enforcement performing their assigned missions, the Kentucky Guardsmen will ensure building and environmental safety while observing and reporting any behavior out of the ordinary or disruptive to the officer on duty.
"Our Soldiers and Airmen of the Kentucky National Guard are eager to serve our community, and the citizens of Kentucky during this trying time. We live here, and are invested in the success of our state getting past this pandemic quickly and efficiently." Said Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton, Kentucky's Adjutant General. "The hospitals are the front line in the fight against COVID-19. We proudly support this and all lines of efforts the Governor calls us to support, until this invisible enemy is defeated."
The Soldiers and Airmen will practice safe hygiene and proper social distancing during their assignment.
Neither the number of KNG soldiers and Airmen deployed, nor how long their assignment will last, was known at press time.