AFRH receives rapid COVID-19 testing equipment

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U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on Tuesday thanked the Defense Logistics Agency for granting her request to expedite the delivery of equipment necessary for rapid COVID-19 testing at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport.

Hyde-Smith sought the machinery and supplies from the Department of Defense following a recent visit with veterans at AFRH.

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“The Armed Forces Retirement Home will now be capable of providing quick-turnaround rapid testing to the veterans who live there,” Hyde-Smith said.  “I am grateful to the AFRH leadership and the Defense Logistics Agency for working together to increase testing capabilities at the home.”

Following a discussion with veterans at AFRH, Hyde-Smith wrote a letter on Sept. 9 to DLA Director, Vice Admiral Michelle C. Skubic, asking the agency to expedite rapid testing equipment for veterans at the AFRH.

“President Trump has worked to distribute these rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests to civilian nursing homes around this nation, and we must ensure that the veterans at AFRH are not left behind,” Hyde-Smith wrote. “Rapid testing capacity will help AFRH do more to protect veterans and identify any future outbreak quickly.”

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