Surge of U.S. Military Medical Personnel to Ease Medical Worker Shortages

Thursday, January 13, 2022 – President Joe Biden plans to announce Thursday that an “surge” of US military medical personnel will soon be deployed to understaffed hospitals amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

More than 1,000 people will start arriving at hospitals across the country starting next week, and this deployment will be in addition to other federal medical staff already sent to states to make up for staff shortages, News agency mentioned.

Many hospitals are facing a staffing crunch as infected workers stay home and COVID-19 cases increase exponentially as the highly contagious variant Omicron takes over the country.

Biden will announce that six more military medical teams will be deployed in Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island. AP mentioned.

These teams will support Henry Ford Hospital just outside of Detroit, University Hospital in Newark, University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

Besides announcing the new deployments, Biden and other officials will note the efforts of more than 800 military personnel who have been assisting civilian hospitals since Thanksgiving, and more than 14,000 National Guard personnel who have been helping with vaccinations, testing and care. For patients with support from the federal government.

The highly transmissible Omicron variant will likely infect “most people” and what “we need to do is make sure hospitals are still operating — transportation, and other essential services are not disrupted while this is happening,” Janet Woodcock, acting president of the US Food and Drug Administration , to Congress Tuesday, the AP mentioned.

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