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Gov. Greg Abbott will deploy the Texas National Guard to operate coronavirus testing sites

Texas National Guard Specialist Justin Garcia, from left, Taylor Frasier and Dietrich Schilberg, right, of the 1st Battalion, Airborne, 143rd Infantry Regiment out of Huntsville, Texas, assemble kid meals at the North Texas Food Bank in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Like most governors, Gov. Greg Abbott activated the state National Guard in the face of mounting coronavirus cases to assist with drive-thru testing and supply deliveries. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas National Guard Specialist Justin Garcia, from left, Taylor Frasier and Dietrich Schilberg, right, of the 1st Battalion, Airborne, 143rd Infantry Regiment out of Huntsville, Texas, assemble kid meals at the North Texas Food Bank in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Like most governors, Gov. Greg Abbott activated the state National Guard in the face of mounting coronavirus cases to assist with drive-thru testing and supply deliveries. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that 1,200 members of the Texas National Guard will be mobilized throughout the state to operate mobile coronavirus testing sites. The first two locations will be in Fredericksburg and Floresville, according to a press release.

"The State of Texas continues to expand our COVID-19 testing capacities and ensure that communities across the Lone Star State have access to the resources they need," Abbott said in a statement.

In total, 25 teams will be deployed throughout the state, in locations based on the assessment of the Texas Department of State Health Services. The sites will each initially be able to test 150 people per day.

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"COVID-19 testing is a crucial mission in our fight against this virus," said Maj. Gen. Tracy R. Norris, adjutant general of Texas.

In March, Abbott activated the Texas Military Department, and there are already over 2,500 guardsmen serving in COVID-19 related tasks, including testing. According to the governor’s office, these personnel have already conducted 9,000 tests. — Juan Pablo Garnham