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March 24, 2020

Vermont Guard assists with state COVID-19 response

A total of 48 Soldiers and Airmen are on state active duty as of March 24 to support Vermont's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 20, 2020

Vermont Guard begins activation in response to COVID-19

Gov. Phil Scott activated the Vermont National Guard in preparation for state active duty March 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Response Timeline

2020

  • March 7: The Vermont Department of Health announces its first COVID-19 case.
  • March 13: Gov. Phil Scott declares a state of emergency and activates the Vermont National Guard to prepare for state active duty, beginning with five Airmen and two Soldiers. By March 24, a total of 48 Soldiers and Airmen are placed on state active duty.
  • March 23-27: Guardsmen construct medical surge facilities in Barre and St. Albans, each with a 50-bed capacity, a surge site at the University of Vermont with a 96-bed capacity, and a treatment and triage center at the UVM Medial Center Emergency Department, as Airmen support ongoing operations at the Strategic National Stockpile.
  • March 29: The 15 Civil Support Team starts supporting the Vermont Health Department's establishment of a COVID-19 test site in Putney with a team of 11 Soldiers and Airmen.
  • April 2-5: Soldiers and Airmen construct a 400-bed Alternate Healthcare Facility at the Chaplain Valley Exposition fairgrounds to provide augment local hospitals' available services. The AHF receives its first COVID patient April 10.
  • April 22-May 1: The Vermont National Guard distributes more than 160,000 meals, ready-to-eat, to communities suffering economically from the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of a partnership with the Vermont Foodbank.
  • May 22: The 158th Fighter Wing conducts a 90-minute flyover of four F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters as a show of gratitude for health care professionals, first responders, and essential workers, as part of the Air Force's Operation America Strong.
  • May 29: The Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho resumes training after a suspension caused in part by the COVID pandemic.
  • July 20: A team of Airmen with the 158th Fighter Wing begins assembling enough COVID-19 test kits to ensure Vermont has a reserve of at least 20,000 kits.
  • Aug. 27: Airmen and Soldiers support operations at the Strategic National Stockpile warehouse to help Vermont reopen its public schools for the 2021 academic year.
  • Sept. 18: The 158th Fighter Wing team assembles its 50,000th COVID-19 test kit.
  • Nov. 19: The Vermont National Guard's COVID-19 Test Team moves its test facilities indoors and reactivates the Alternate Healthcare Facility, which remains in standby mode.

2021

  • Jan. 4: Soldiers with the Vermont Army National Guard Medical Detachment and the Air National Guard's 158th Medical Group roll out the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines received from the Defense Department, inoculating 60 service members against the virus. 
  • Feb. 3: As Guardsmen receive their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, medical professionals took time to dispel rumors about the vaccine through a series of Q&A sessions.
  • March 3: Task Force Coyote shifts its focus from COVID testing to vaccination, with enough supplies to provide 400 vaccinations per day.
  • May 21: Gov. Phil Scott announces that he will lift Vermont's state of emergency when 80 percent of the state's eligible population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • June 10: Members of the state's pandemic response team, including state Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine, were recognized by Vermont Guard senior leaders at a ceremony on Vermont Air National Guard Base. 
  • June 14: The governor lifts the state of emergency in place since March 2020, citing the state's accomplishment in reaching the 80 percent vaccination threshold.
  • July: The voluntary COVID mapping task force ends operations after conducting more than 13,000 interviews and closing more than 10,000 cases.
  • Aug. 19: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III announces he will ask President Joe Biden to make the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all service members "not later than mid-September."
  • November: Joint Task Force Coyote offers pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinics and booster vaccinations for adults seeking added protection against the COVID-19 Delta variant.

2022

  • Jan. 26: Col. Justin Davis, the Vermont National Guard director of plans and programs, says Guardsmen will increase staffing support to local hospitals in order to meet health care demands during the Omicron COVID-19 surge.