The Washington National Guard will be deployed to some hospitals in the state to assist medical emergency departments overwhelmed by the recent coronavirus surge, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Jan. 13.
And to free up staff for patients needing emergency care, the governor is ordering a four-week pause on non-urgent medical procedures statewide.
At a news conference, the governor said his actions are in response to hospital leaders who say they are in a crisis situation as they try to cope with a dramatic increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and a dire shortage of staff needed to treat patients. This week, for example, officials reported Snohomish County’s ICU capacity at 95%
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