Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) announced Tuesday that he has activated the National Guard to help test school children for Covid.
Baker has activated 450 members of the Massachusetts National Guard for two missions: 200 members support Covid testing in K-12 schools and up to 250 members will be used to address staff shortages at the Department of Correction (DOC), the governor’s office said.
School test mission
‘The Commonwealth has developed a country-leading COVID-19 testing program to keep K-12 students safe at school. More than 2,200 schools have currently signed up to take part in at least one of three types of tests: test and stay, symptomatic testing and compound tests. Since the beginning of the school year, the results of compound tests show the positivity rates of less than 1 percent, and test and stay, used to test close contacts, have saved about 25,000 school days for students who would otherwise have to quarantine. ”
Department of Correction Contingency Planning
In close cooperation with public security officials, the DOC is continuing preparations for the possibility of a reduction in DOC staff levels due to non-compliance with Executive Order 595, which requires all employees of the executive department by 17 October. must prove proof of vaccination against COVID-19. .. By activating the guard before the deadline, the staff of the guard can immediately start with a job-specific training and, if necessary, take roles in the event of a reduction of the staff.
Last month, Governor Baker activated the National Guard to take children to school amid a huge shortage of bus drivers.
Up to 250 guard troops were activated in mid-September to fill the shortage.
Dozens of state powers also resigned over Governor Baker’s mandatory vaccine mandate.