Ohio National Guard to support COVID-19 testing sites

Ohio National Guard to support additional COVID-19 testing sites, Cleveland clinic to receive federal support

COLUMBUS, OH (STL.News) Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio National Guard will support additional COVID-19 testing sites in Gallipolis, Toledo and Mansfield, bringing the total number to 15 of test sites supported by the Guard.

The additional aid is part of ongoing efforts to ease some of the burden on the state’s hardest-hit hospitals as COVID-19 case rates rise, driving up hospitalizations and ICU admissions this month. ci at their highest levels throughout the pandemic. On Wednesday, the Ohio Hospital Association reported 6,637 hospitalizations for COVID-19.

The total deployment of National Guard members working with Ohio health systems is now approximately 2,300. This includes approximately 200 Guard members providing medical support and approximately 2,100 providing general support, including testing, food service, transporting patients to hospital, administrative duties, and more. About 350 members of the Guard are supporting the tests. (Note that not all Guard members who have been deployed are there yet.)

Additionally, the Cleveland Clinic will receive federal assistance from a team of 20 US Air Force medical professionals. The team will include nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists.

The Cleveland Clinic asked the state for this support as hospitalizations spiked, and the Ohio Department of Health, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Management Agency Emergency Department of Ohio, worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to request assistance. .

The team will begin work next week on the main campus. Previous deployments like this have lasted about a month or two. The Cleveland Clinic shares that this support will help them open closed beds and accept transfers.

This is another example of how Ohio has taken statewide action to help with coordination between hospitals and to alleviate staff stress in hospitals.

The addition of additional medical personnel will benefit the entire region and complement the efforts of the National Guard and existing personnel to maintain standards of care during this COVID surge.

National Guard Supported Testing Locations

As of today, the Guard is currently supporting or preparing to support the following locations that offer COVID-19 testing for people ages 2 and older.

Start dates, specific locations and plans for pending locations are subject to change. Testing locations supported by members of the National Guard will test people age 2 and older. Check with your local testing site for any age restrictions.


  • Akron: Atrium Testing Site (Summa Health), 1077 Gorge Blvd., Akron.
  • Canton: (Aultman/Cleveland Clinic Mercy), Stark County Fairgrounds, 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Guangzhou.
  • Chillicothe: Adena Regional Medical Center, 272 Hospital Road, Chillicothe.
  • Cincinnati: (Ethos Laboratories), Crossroads Church, 990 Reading Road, Mason.
  • Cincinnati: (Ethos Laboratories), Riverbend, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati.
  • Cincinnati: UC Health, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati.
  • Cleveland: Walker Center (Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals), 10524 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
  • Columbus: (Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center), first floor of the CAS parking lot at 2540 Olentangy River Road, Columbus.
  • Dayton: (Premier Health) Miami Valley Hospital, 1 Wyoming St., Dayton.
  • Maumee: Lucas County Recreation Center, 2901 Key Street, Maumee.
  • Springboro: Dayton Springboro Children’s Hospital COVID-19 Testing Site, 3300 W. Tech Road, Springboro.
  • Zanesville: Genesis Hospital, 2951 Maple Avenue, Zanesville.


  • Gallipolis: Holzer Health System, 2881 OH-160, Gallipolis.


  • Mansfield: Avita Ontario Hospital, 715 Richland Mall, Mansfield.
  • Toledo: site to be determined

Over the past two weeks, Governor Mike DeWine has announced waves of Ohio National Guard activations designed specifically to provide personnel support – both clinical and non-clinical – to hospitals across Ohio facing to increasing clinical demands coupled with staffing challenges resulting from the increase in COVID-19 cases. The Ohio Department of Health has worked closely with the Guard, the Ohio Hospital Association, and hospital area leaders to identify where these resources can have the greatest impact on the overall hospital infrastructure of the Ohio. State. These decisions are based on factors such as case levels, emergency department pressure, hospital capacity and other measures taken by the hospital to decompress. The testing locations are helping to divert testing traffic from hospital emergency rooms and expand access to testing for Ohioans. The Guard has been supporting COVID-19 missions for over 20 months.

The Ohio Department of Health and The Ohio Hospital Association are assessing the situation at Ohio hospitals daily to assess and maximize staffing to ensure Guard members are assisting where needed. are the most critical. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients and testing needs are changing daily, and staffing adjustments are being made accordingly.