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NEWS | April 22, 2020

149th Medical Group assists with COVID-19 testing in Fredericksburg

By Charles E. Spirtos Texas Military Department

Members of the 149th Medical Group from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s 149th Fighter Wing joined Texas Air and Army National Guard service members in Fredericksburg April 19 to establish a community-based COVID-19 testing facility.

The Texas Military Department, in tandem with state partners, has established testing facilities to provide drive-in COVID-19 screenings to communities not served by a county health department. These facilities will allow Texas to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Members of the 149th FW are part of a Joint Texas Military Department response team. Their missions include food bank assistance at multiple locations, enhancing medical supplies, supporting medical distribution, bolstering manpower to produce N95 respirator masks, and evaluating non-medical buildings for possible conversion to alternative healthcare facilities.