Gov. Inslee deploys National Guard to help at Washington hospitals

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee is deploying the National Guard to hospitals across Washington, including Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, to help amid the omicron surge. 

Washington hospitals are seeing a dramatic increase in COVID hospitalizations, as well as healthcare staffing shortages. 

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In an effort to help ease the burden, the governor has asked the National Guard to deploy 100 non-clinical personnel to help in emergency departments and with COVID-19 testing. 

Inslee said teams will be deployed to emergency departments to assist with various non-medical tasks. The hospitals receiving this type of help include Spokane’s Providence Sacred Heart, Everett’s Providence Regional Medical Center, Wenatchee’s Confluence Health, and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. 

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National Guard teams will also assist with COVID testing sites in Olympia, Richland, Seattle, and Tacoma. 

Inslee is also requiring hospitals to temporarily halt non-urgent procedures because of high hospital capacity. This pause will last for one month.

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