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Fort Carson soldiers train to battle COVID-19 in Texas hospital

DVIDS: Medical Soldiers Arrive to support San Antonio Local Hospitals during COVID-19
University Hospital integration trainer and Registered Nurse, Helena Quezon shows the wear, removal and disposal of personal protective equipment during integration training to Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force - 627 Soldiers at University Hospital, in San Antonio, Texas, July 8, 2020. The UAMTF is comprised of Soldiers with various medical specialties, from the 627th Hospital Center, Fort Carson, Colo., and deployed to support San Antonio hospitals during the COVID-19 response. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to states in need.

FORT CARSON, Colo. (KRDO) -- Medical troops from Fort Carson are now in San Antonio battling COVID-19.

Fifty soldiers are working alongside doctors and nurses in one hospital that have seen significant spikes in cases.

Texas has seen unprecedented coronavirus numbers in recent weeks and now soldiers in the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force - 627 are there to help.

Photos from Tuesday show medical personnel, including respiratory specialists, emergency room and critical care nurses being trained on how to wear, remove and dispose of personal protective equipment, or PPE.

Courtesy of DVIDS: Soldiers from the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force - 627 attended integration and training at Methodist Hospital training center, in San Antonio, Texas, July 8, 2020.

Their job will be to help the medical staff at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.

It's a job that won't come easy as they have three specialized COVID-19 units with many rooms now occupied.

As of Thursday, San Antonio had 954 new cases and more than 1,200 patients hospitalized.

It's not the first time Fort Carson soldiers have been deployed in the fight against COVID.

In April, troops built a field hospital at a Seattle football stadium, but closed it due to a shortage in patients.

With no indication of a downward trend in Texas, the soldiers will likely remain there to ease pressure on staff.

Courtesy of DVIDS: The UAMTF is comprised of Soldiers with various medical specialties, from the 627th Hospital Center, Fort Carson, Colo., and deployed to support San Antonio hospitals during the COVID-19 response.
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Alexis Dominguez

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    1. He’s ready!! The Denver convention center is still set up for patients! What do you want him to do, shut everything down again? If he does we should shut down everything including grocery stores!! Nobody working at a grocery store should have to die because you’re not prepared for a couple months of no food!

  1. Why are they wearing masks in the picture? They don’t wear them in public. Is this more of the militaries double standard? You need to go through all sorts of hoops to get on post but soldiers off post can spread the virus by not wearing masks.

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