On Friday the Oregon governor said around 1,500 National Guard troops will be sent to hospitals across the state to help the healthcare workers who are suffering a lot due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant.
COVID-Stricken Oregon Deploys National Guard To Hospitals
Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said next Friday they will deploy the first group of 500 Guard members and these troops will be sent to 20 hospitals in Oregon to serve in the most needed hospitals and also help them in testing COVID-19, taking care of the patients and many more.
There are 733 people hospitalized with the virus in Oregon as of Friday, including 185 people who are receiving their treatments in intensive care units. More than 60 people were infected with the new variant of the coronavirus and the cases have nearly doubled compared to the last two weeks ago.
Brown said, “We cannot emphasize the seriousness of this crisis for all Oregonians, especially those who need emergency and intensive care,”. “Someone needing care after a car crash, a heart attack, or other emergencies can’t avail the treatment if the hospitals are full with COVID-19 patients, there would be no rooms available.”
According to Oregon Health Authority data. Within six weeks the Delta variant now makes up 96% of all samples tested while it was only 15% last week
Oregon, which was once viewed as a pandemic success story, has been witnessing a huge rise in covid cases in recent weeks as the highly contagious Delta variant gains a foothold in counties with lower vaccination rates.
The state recommended that people must wear masks indoors and maintain social distance until June 30, restaurants, bars, gyms and other businesses were asked to shut down repeatedly since march 2020 and strict indoor capacity limits were set for the businesses long after other states had returned to near-normal.
On Friday a new statewide indoor mask mandate came into effect. Brown said During the surge they have made it mandatory for all students and staff in K-12 schools to wear masks and maintain social distance when classes resume, regardless of the vaccination status of the person.
But in this week, hospitals warned that Oregon’s covid cases rapidly increased and hospitalization numbers were pushing them to capacity and few have already had to start ignoring proper care for non-covid conditions.
All hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties are full in the state’s southwest corner, with patients in hallways and emergency rooms overflowing. The counties teamed up to ask the state to set up a medical tent for non-COVID patients and are awaiting a response.
On Thursday Josephine County Public Health Manager Michael Weber said “This is the worst situation we have ever seen, likely ever. The Oregonians work so hard to avoid this situation in march 2020. I have no idea if anyone could recall a time where we’ve had this much pressure on our health care system”ṣ