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National Guard’s coronavirus relief efforts described

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Submitted Photo Maj. Gen. Kenneth Nava, head of the New Mexico National Guard, speaks Tuesday about how personnel are assisting with the COVID-19 emergency.

New Mexico National Guard personnel have been involved in several different aspects of the state’s coronavirus relief efforts.

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Nava, head of the state group, provided a summary of activities during a Tuesday press conference held by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

He said that about 606 men and women have traveled 140,000 miles to deliver 4.3 million pieces of personal protective equipment to front-line workers.

They also have delivered 247 pallets of bulk food and 48,000 individual meals, as well as 71 pallets of bottled water and 24,000 gallons of tanked water to tribal communities as well as other areas of the state.

In addition, they are supporting the New Mexico Department of Health efforts to test and screen for the coronavirus and transport samples to labs.

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“They are very, very active in doing everything we can to help our fellow New Mexicans,” Nava said.

Lujan Grisham said National Guard personnel are in almost every community in New Mexico.

She thanked the personnel and their families for efforts, which she added have included managing the state’s emergency operations command unit and providing logistical support for the New Mexico State Police.