Pritzker activates Illinois National Guard to help with coronavirus response

There are now over 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Illinois. Officials...
There are now over 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Illinois. Officials announced Monday that there are an additional 12 cases; bringing the state total to 105 in 15 counties in Illinois. (KWQC)(KWQC)
Published: Mar. 18, 2020 at 6:48 AM CDT
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has activated about 60 Illinois National Guard service members to assist with the response to the new coronavirus, the National Guard said on its Facebook page.

This includes 43 airmen from the Peoria-based 182nd Airlift Wing’s Medical Group and 17 planners and liaison officers from both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard units from across the state, including medical planners, according to the Facebook post.

The activation is to assist with the anticipated need for logistical support and medical staff, according to the post.

The National Guard and the Illinois Department of Military Affairs said Wednesday they are taking precautions to limit the exposure to the coronavirus, including temporary closures, curtailments and different work options for both federal and state employees.

“We are balancing the need to reduce risk with the need to continue operations that are vital to our state and federal missions,” said Brig. Gen. Richard Neely, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. “We will retain the core of what we do. We will respond to the needs of the state. We will continue to fight our nation’s wars. We have a no-fail contract with the citizens of Illinois and the United States of America. We have their sacred trust.”