About 40 members of the Connecticut National Guard and Army Reserves will act as “the eyes and ears” of the DPH during the inspections and also provide education to staff on the proper use of personal protective equipment, said Capt. David Pitlik, spokesman for the Guard.

DPH Director of Communications Av Harris said Monday that with the assistance of the National Guard and the CDC, the department will continue its review of Connecticut’s 215 nursing homes, which have been inordinately impacted by the coronavirus.

A limited number of employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from Atlanta will also visit some of the state’s 213 nursing homes, according to DPH spokesman Av Harris.

Harris said guardsmen were trained Monday and given personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns and gloves. They are expected to arrive at facilities beginning Tuesday.

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