Biden deploying military medical staff to help overwhelmed hospitals

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President Biden will announce the deployment of military medical personnel on Thursday to support hospitals currently dealing with a spike of COVID-19 cases, a White House official said.

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Running news: Omicron’s increase in cases has resulted in “higher total hospitalizations,” and hospitals are facing “more and more patients amid staffing challenges and a highly contagious virus that is affecting our lives.” does not spare health care workers,” CDC Director Rochelle Valensky said Wednesday.

state of play: Starting next week, 1,000 military personnel will be sent to hospitals in six states – New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Michigan and New Mexico.

  • A White House official said this is in addition to the more than 800 military and other emergency personnel who have been deployed to 24 states since Thanksgiving, “more than 350 military doctors, nurses and medics helping staff hospitals.” including”.
  • More than 14,000 National Guard members have also been activated in 49 states to support clinical care, testing and vaccination efforts.

Biden also expected to make additional announcements about his administration’s handling of the pandemic, new York Times,


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