Gov. Ivey authorizes activation of Alabama National Guard to fight COVID-19

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Soldiers attend a deployment ceremony Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala., for the Alabama Army National Guard 128th Military Police Company, leaving for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo/AL.com, Bob Gathany)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Gov. Kay Ivey authorized the activation of up to 100 guardsmen to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a release.

The governor gave Adjutant General Sheryl Gordon permission to activate the National Guard Friday, but it simply serves as a preparedness measure. Currently, there are no plans to deploy the guardsmen to provide formal assistance or enforce health orders from the state.

Kay Ivey announced today that she has given authorization to Adjutant General Sheryl Gordon with the Alabama National Guard to activate up to 100 guardsmen, should the need arise to combat COVID-19.

“While there is no immediate need for us to deploy our Guard, I have given authorization to Adjutant General Sheryl Gordon to be on standby, should our first responders and health care providers need additional support,” Ivey said.

This comes after 106 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed across 20 counties in Alabama at 4:50 p.m. Friday.

“I want to ensure Alabamians that our National Guard stands ready to be part of this team effort to combat this invisible enemy,” she said. “My administration has been given clear instructions to do everything possible to ensure the continuity of government while being flexible and responsible to the needs of our state. I ask for the support of my fellow Alabamians as we work through these challenging days together.”

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