Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that he will be deploying the National Guard to hospitals across Washington, while halting all non-emergency procedures to free up medical staff.
This comes in the wake of ongoing warnings from the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA), who said this week that they are experiencing “a crisis” driven by rising COVID-19 cases and significant staffing shortages.
To help mitigate that, Inslee is mobilizing 100 Washington National Guardsmen spread across hospital emergency departments “to assist with various non-medical tasks to alleviate the crowded and chaotic situation.” Those personnel will be divided among four
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