Indiana National Guard Coordinates With State Agencies To Distribute Medical Supplies

Mar 26, 2020

The Indiana National Guard is helping distribute supplies from the west side of Indianapolis to hospitals across the state.
Credit Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Indiana’s National Guard is helping distribute supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile to hospitals across the state and is taking the lead as supplies come in.

The Indiana National Guard coordinated with the Indiana State Department of Health, Department of Transportation and State Police to get hundreds of boxes of supplies to counties across the state. 
As more supplies come in, Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Dale Lyles says the Guard will continue to work as a distribution point.

“We have to stay connected with Dr. Box and her people at the department of health because they have the analytics that tell us where it’s going to be needed in the upcoming weeks,” Lyles says.

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He says the supplies are provided based on both need and predictive analytics from the state health department.

“The interagency operation that’s come here today is made possible because Governor Holcomb told me, when we started this operation, ‘General Lyles, whatever you need, whatever it takes, you get it,’” Lyles says.

Lyles says he expects more supplies provided by Indiana manufacturers and the Department of Correction.

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This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.