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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker activated about 115 additional Illinois National Guard soldiers and airmen in support of COVID-19 response operations, including some to help efforts in La Salle County.

About 80 of these additional Illinois National Guard members will help with communications and reporting between county health departments throughout the state and the State Emergency Operations Center. Another 30 airmen will assist in the establishment of a medical facility at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Roughly 30 soldiers from the 108th Sustainment Brigade, based in Chicago, will assist county EMOCs in La Salle, Livingston, Woodford, DeKalb and several other counties, gathering information and reporting data to the Medical Operations Center in the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield.

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