The Ohio National Guard has completed its two-month mission supporting hospitals with the most critical needs across the state as COVID-19 hospitalizations reached an all-time high during the pandemic.
A total of about 2,000 Guard members assisted at 18 COVID-19 testing centers and 62 hospitals across the state as part of clinical and general support teams. The first teams began on-site support Dec. 22, 2021, and the last teams completed the mission Feb. 22, 2022, the Ohio National Guard reported.
The Guard members provided clinical support and non-clinical support to augment medical and wraparound services. Teams included nurses and medics providing clinical care and non-medical teams offering services such as patient transportation within facilities, food service, and administrative support.
Members of the Guard also supported COVID-19 testing locations, run in partnership with hospitals and healthcare networks. These efforts diverted testing traffic from hospital emergency rooms as the demand for testing surged and offered Ohioans additional testing access during a time when testing resources were limited due to unprecedented demand.
“The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and Ohio hospitals are grateful for the service of our National Guard members over the last two months to help overcome a challenging surge of record COVID-19 hospitalizations in our state. Their devotion and commitment to help maintain facilities and provide healthcare services made an important difference in keeping healthcare responsive in our communities. We are proud of the work we were able to accomplish together,” according to a statement released by the OHA.