National Guard helps Louisville with COVID-19 testing as cases multiply

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky National Guard once again, helps the community selflessly. With sometimes 12-hour long shifts, hundreds of men and women are helping out in hospitals across Kentucky.

Baptist Health vaccine and testing site on Kresge Way is often too busy to take all patients in need.

Their responsibilities don’t stop anywhere for the guard members, as they are helping from housekeeping to cafeteria work to help the staff in need.

In Louisville, 60 guard members are split between Baptist and UofL Health with a focus on their testing sites.¬† With over 30% positivity rate, things at UofL Health’s downtown site have been swamped.

In only one month, they moved from 200 to 600 tests daily.

“Whether it is entering orders, putting kits together, calling patients with results they are a part of it. We could not have done it without them,” nurse practitioner Kelly Cooper, who runs UofL’s site, said Wednesday.

They will remain dedicated to helping, until the end.

“When you can make a difference at home, it’s a great feeling,” Major Richard Hessick said.

As the surge continues, Gov. Andy Beshear has said Kentucky will continue to rely heavily on National Guard members and nursing students.

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