Vermont National Guard activated after emergency declaration

COLCHESTER, Vt. (WCAX) Seven members of the Vermont National Guard are on active duty after the governor declared a state of emergency.

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Two soldiers are serving as planners to help increase Vermont's medical capacity. Five airmen will also help in warehouse logistical operations.

To help prevent the spread of the virus, the Guard is also changing the way they do some training.

"We're going in April to a virtual drill so we'll utilize the time available to have our soldiers and airmen work from home so that they can accomplish a lot of the different training requirements that they have," said Vermont National Guard Brig. Gen. David Manfredi.

We're told additional guardsmen are ready to respond if the call should come.