The Arkansas National Guard will be mobilizing 40 Guardsmen on Jan. 11th to 9 hospitals in 8 Arkansas cities: Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Mountain Home, Pine Bluff, Rogers, and Springdale, to assist local health care facilities with Covid-19 testing in order to help protect state residents and meet testing demand in the current Covid-19 surge.

Guardsmen from the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are filling the tasking. The mission is for 30 days, which may be extended or curtailed as conditions dictate.