“CARMICHAEL (CBS13) — The National Guard is now a part of COVID-19 testing across Sacramento County.
Guardsmen will be rolling into one facility on Thursday, Aegis Living Carmichael to perform tests on residents.
Carrie Blythe’s mother Jane has been at the facility for two years. It’s been three months since she has seen her mother in person.
“I know it’s really hard on her not having the hugs and the physical touch,” Blythe said. “It’s been challenging because she doesn’t have any visitors, so we see her through the window.”
This window has been a blessing for her family. Since the pandemic began, Carrie’s been worried about her mom, who could be at risk inside, with little social interaction.
“She forgets that we are in a pandemic,” said Blythe.”
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From that same window, her mom will see National Guardsmen rolling up to help the county administer coronavirus testing.
“The military does make it one step more intense,” said Blythe.
It will be part of the county’s mandatory testing efforts for all long-term care communities, as part of a baseline testing effort.
“When I read it, I was kind of caught off-guard, I don’t understand why,” she said.
“SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Dozens of California National Guard soldiers were at the Sacramento Food Bank boxing up food and making sure it gets out to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s not your usual military uniform. Aside from the camouflage, some have masks and gloves. But the mission is the same.
“We’re here to really support our public, trying to get these canned goods out to those who need it most,” Jonathan Shiroma, of the National Guard, said.
While many have been deployed all over the world Shiroma admits this is uncharted territory.
“In all my deployments, I’ve done humanitarian efforts in Kosovo, in the former Yugoslavia, I’ve been deployed to Iraq, but what we’re doing here is a first,” Shiroma said….”