At the request of Federal Emergency Management AgencyAbout 220 military medical personnel, including doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists, have been deployed or will be deployed over the next two weeks to 14 teams in six states to help civilian health workers treat COVID-19[female[feminine the patients.
“Communities and health facilities in some areas remain heavily burdened by coronavirus-induced hospitalizations,” said Lieutenant General John R. Evans Jr.., US Army North commander, in a February 3 press release. “We are proud of the role our military teams are playing at multiple medical centers supporting FEMA and the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Defense is just one of many federal agencies providing such assistance. »
The Department of Defense begins supporting California, Connecticut, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, and expands support to Michigan and New York.
In California, a 15-person Air Force team will support Emanate Health Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina.
In Connecticut, three 15-person Air Force teams will support Saint Francis Hospital and Hartford Hospital in Hartford and Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven.
In Louisiana, two 15-person Air Force teams will support St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.
In Michigan, a 20-person army team will support Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. This team will join two teams currently supporting Saginaw and Wyandotte.
In New York, two 15-person Air Force teams will support the State University of New York Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse and two 15-person Air Force teams will support the University of Rochester Medical Center- Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. These four teams join three teams currently supporting Brooklyn, the Bronx and Buffalo.
In Oklahoma, two 15-person Air Force teams will support Integris Baptist Medical Center and one 20-person Army team will support OU Health – University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
In addition to the aforementioned teams and locations, the joint Department of Defense effort currently includes seventeen teams working in 14 states – one in Arizona, one in Indiana, one in Maine, one in Maryland, one in Minnesota, one in Missouri, one in New Hampshire, one in New Jersey, two in New Mexico, two in Ohio, two in Pennsylvania, one in Rhode Island, one in Texas, one in Wisconsin – and a team in the Navajo Nation.
U.S. Army North, under United States Northern Commandprovides operational command of the teams.
On December 30, 2021, the Secretary of Defense approved the activation of 1,000 military medical personnel to support the federal COVID-19 response mission. Five hundred of the 1,000 were made available to respond to requests for federal support on January 15, 2022. The remaining 500 became available at the end of the month.
These 1,000 people join about 400 other military medical personnel, previously activated to provide assistance to civilian hospitals.
All personnel announced today are from newly assigned additional forces. In total, more than 495 of the additional 1,000 forces support or will soon support hospitals.