Indiana National Guard contributes to COVID-19 research, understanding

By Courtesy Story | Indiana National Guard | Oct. 14, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to sweep the nation, Hoosier National Guard soldiers continue to work alongside the Indiana State Department of Health testing citizens and gathering data.

Medical teams from the National Guard deployed across Indiana from Oct. 2 to Oct. 6 to support the third round in the series of the continuing study.

Soldiers assisted department of health personnel and Indiana University researchers by conducting nasal swabs to detect the active virus and blood draws to identify antibodies.

"Testing thousands of Hoosiers in a short timeframe is a huge undertaking that wouldn't be possible without the help of the Indiana National Guard," said Dr. Kristina Box, Indiana State Health commissioner. "We are grateful for the partnership so that we can gather data that will help researchers at the Fairbanks School of Public Health better understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in all Indiana populations."

Information gathered in each wave of the ongoing study supports the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health research to more accurately assess infection, immune response and mortality rates. The study tests randomized Hoosiers across the state to accurately represent the demographic of Indiana as a whole.

Men and women of Indiana National Guard stand ready to serve their state and nation in times of need. They frequently train and work side-by-side with the governor’s office and other state and local agencies to ensure the well-being of all fellow Hoosiers.

Indiana citizens can find more information on COVID-19 testing by county at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm