Governor Newsom Activates National Guard to Help at COVID Test Sites

California Governor Newsom will deploy the national guard to assist staff at COVID test sites. The guard will help boost capacity as test sites around the state become overwhelmed with increased traffic as more people test for COVID.

Two-hundred guard members will be deployed to take on tasks such as clinical staffing and crowd control. As the Omicron variant surges in California, there some 6,000 test sites with expanded hours to handle increased traffic.