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Arkansas National Guard to provide support at isolation facility for COVID-19 patients

A total of 14 medics with the Arkansas National Guard have been ordered to work 12-hour shifts for the next 30 days to support staff at the facility.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Fourteen medics with the Arkansas National Guard have been ordered by Governor Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday to support the staff at an isolation facility for positive coronavirus patients who cannot quarantine "due to family considerations."

These patients are located across the state and will be transported to a facility near University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

This process began on July 14 and will reportedly last for 30 days.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the quarantine facility will provide both shelter and food free of charge to those who need a space to quarantine.

An initial press release from the Arkansas National Guard said the medics would transport positive COVID-19 patients to the facility, but an Arkansas Department of Health official said that press release was incorrect.

We have updated the article to clarify that the Arkansas National Guard will be providing support for the staff at the facility, not the transportation of the patients.

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