Extension to Keep Guard Personnel on Duty for COVID-19 Fight

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A Nevada Guard airman supports the Reno-Sparks Indian-Colony in Hungry Valley, Nevada.
A Nevada Guard airman supports the Reno-Sparks Indian-Colony in Hungry Valley, Nevada, on Nov. 12, 2020. Since the beginning of the Nevada National Guard’s coronavirus health response support in April, task forces have provided assistance at 10 tribal locations across Nevada with either food distribution support and/or COVID-19 testing medical and logistical support. (Emerson Marcus/Nevada National Guard)

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — An extension authorized by President Donald Trump for states across the country means hundreds of Nevada National Guard personnel will continue to help the fight against COVID-19 through the beginning of 2021, Gov. Steve Sisolak said.

The federal government will provide 75% of the funding for the extension that runs through through March 31 and that the state will provide the rest, Sisolak said.

Nevada National Guard soldiers and airmen are distributing supplies, conducting contact tracing, helping operate the state emergency operations center and staffing COVID-19 testing sites.

Sisolak called their work “an indispensable role" in the state's response to COVID-19.

“While there is hope on the horizon with the recent progress on COVID-19 vaccines, our response and recovery efforts remain as critical as ever and Nevada will undoubtedly benefit from the Guard’s ability to continue their vital role during this crisis,” he said in a statement.

The activation in early April for COVID-19 response has been the Nevada National Guard's largest and lengthiest in the state's history, Sisolak said.

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