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Trump admin weighs extending National Guard deployments for coronavirus response

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Members of the West Virginia National Guard perform COVID-19 decontamination of first responder apparatuses with an Aerosolized Hydrogen Peroxide system at Yeager Airport, Charleston, West Virginia, April 14, 2020. More than 250 apparatus belonging to Emergency Medical Services (EMS), police, and fire department medical units throughout the Kanawha County, West Virginia area are scheduled to be sanitized with this method in the next few days to ensure both employee and patient safety in an innovative and scalable effort to combat the ongoing global pandemic. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Edwin L. Wriston)

States, on the cusp of another deadline, are waiting for the Trump administration to decide whether National Guard deployments to assist with the coronavirus response will be extended past August.

(CNN)States, on the cusp of another deadline, are waiting for the Trump administration to decide whether National Guard deployments to assist with the coronavirus response will be extended past August.

In late May, President Donald Trump extended federal funding for National Guard deployments until mid-August, saying at the time the extension would help "states succeed in their response and recovery efforts. "

"The National Guard remains a critical part of our emergency health response, and we need the administration to grant this extension no later than Friday," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said on Twitter Tuesday.

Without a commitment from the administration, states will need to start making other plans to continue the National Guard's efforts.

"If they drag this out, they're putting National Guard members and states through unnecessary work," a state official told CNN.

Title 32 status provides federal funding for the National Guard deployments across the country while allowing those forces to remain under the control of state governors as they help with staffing community-based testing sites, building test kits, among other activities.

There are some 46,000 National Guard members supporting state coronavirus response efforts at the direction of state governors.

The concern among states is that if they don't hear from the administration before the weekend, they'll have to start training National Guard members to move the mission to state status in the event that the administration doesn't extend the deployments, the state official said.

But whether states will receive federal help with National Guard deployments remains in question.

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