SALEM, Ore. — Days after a large federal shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies arrived in Oregon, the National Guard has distributed those resources to each of the state's counties and tribes.
The shipment of 78 pallets came in from USAID on Friday and was brought to Oregon's distribution center in Wilsonville. Over the weekend, it went out to all of Oregon's 36 counties, nine Tribal Nations, and two Tribal Health Agencies.
“These are your friends and neighbors putting on a uniform to help out in their local communities,” said Stephen Bomar, director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department (OMD). “We are just one part of an amazing Oregon team.”
Governor Kate Brown directed the National Guard to assisting delivering the shipments of masks, gloves, and other PPE to communities both large and small, OMD said.
"The Oregon Military Department and the Oregon National Guard have been assisting local communities throughout the state since Governor Kate Brown’s February 28th announcement to convene the Coronavirus Response Team," the agency said. "The team is tasked with coordinating state and local agencies and health authorities for overall response."
Currently about 200 members of the National Guard have been mobilized to direct assistance throughout Oregon, including logistical, communications, and other operational support for the COVID-19 response.