Governor Andy Beshear has sent soldiers to help out across the Bluegrass, and on Monday, 10 National Guardsmen arrived at Ohio County Healthcare, and the timing of their arrival couldn’t be more perfect.
“Our COVID unit is full," said CeCe Robinson, community relations director at Ohio County Healthcare. "We are seeing higher volumes than we ever have -- an all-time high of three years in our emergency department.”
All COVID-19 beds are taken up at the Ohio County Hospital. Currently, the facility is treating 25 patients with COVID-19, a record-high number for this hospital.
“We are seeing large volumes of unvaccinated individuals who are requiring much higher levels of care," said Robinson.
Due to this increase in patients and the need for greater patient care, the National Guard has been sent to the hospital to assist front line healthcare workers with anything they need help with.
“Being able to help clean, possibly food prep and delivery, moving lab results and any kind of equipment or medication they need moved is time that clinical workers don’t need to spend so that they can concentrate on helping the patients," said Matthew Chinn of the National Guard.
The National Guard will be working behind the scenes to help alleviate stress and extra work for the staff at Ohio County Healthcare, and the hospital is delighted to have extra hands during this time of great need.
“We are very thankful and grateful and excited to have the Kentucky National Guard be a part of our team over the next few weeks," said Robinson.
The National Guard said they will be at the hospital for the next two-to-four weeks. That timeline will all depend on what Governor Beshear decides in Frankfort.