Iowa National Guard delivers medical supplies

    Motor transport operators with the Iowa Army National Guard deliver medical supplies including personal protective equipment as part of a mission to Black Hawk, Johnson, Polk, Pottawattamie and Tama counties related to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Sgt. Tawny Schmit/Iowa National Guard)

    Iowa National Guard Soldiers from Mason City’s 1133rd Transportation Company and its detachment in Iowa City delivered medical personal protective equipment to five Iowa counties Tuesday.

    The equipment filled four trailers, the Guard reported. The equipment was delivered to Black Hawk, Johnson, Polk, Pottawattamie and Tama counties. Medical personnel will wear the gear while responding to potential COVID-19 cases.

    The Guard will continue to deliver in other areas.

    On Monday, units from Knoxville and Oskaloosa delivered and assembled tents for the Mahaska Health Partnership.

    The Iowa National Guard has 42 service members activated during the coronavirus response.

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.