FORT INDIANTOWN GAP – The PA National Guard activated a dual-status commander to provide command and control of federal COVID-19 response teams who arrived in PA recently. Brig. Gen. James McCormack will oversee an active-duty Air Force medical response team in York and a medical assistance team in Scranton. These teams were sent by FEMA at the request of Gov. Tom Wolf. In addition to this mission, the PA National Guard continues operations in support of long-term care facilities across the state. About 110 Guard members were activated Jan. 4 to assist with staff shortages. The staffing support teams are a combination of medical providers, medics, and general-purpose personnel. The medical personnel assist with non-acute care of patients, such as checking vitals, while general-purpose personnel help with tasks such as delivering meals and cleaning.

BRIG. GEN. JAMES MCCORMACK