ICU beds are filling up at the Deaconess Healthcare System, with so many patients battling Covid-19.
"We're still in the midst of the Delta surge here and we've been seeing anywhere from 130 to 170 covid-19 patients hospitalized every day here," said Jillian Swearer, chief nursing officer for Deaconess Midtown.
These high numbers altered the Indiana State Department of Health, who said the hospital system qualified for immediate assistance from the Indiana National Guard.
Two teams of five are already working inside of the Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville and the Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.
Two guard members will be stationed in the ICU. Another two will be helping care for patients in the emergency department, assisting in medical procedures like drawing blood.
The other six members from each team will be field support, helping with cleaning rooms and taking patients too and from hospital rooms.
"Covid rooms themselves require extra cleaning with the isolation that's involved. So that will really help offload the team," Swearer said.
This is not the only tri-state hospital system that has seen the National Guard step in. Just last week, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear sent 10 National Guardsmen to help out the overwhelmed staff at Ohio County Health Care.