More than 170 Georgia National Guard troops have been deployed to provide medical support in areas of the state hit hardest by COVID-19.
Two teams – comprised of 22 service members, a doctor, two physician's assistants, four nurses, 13 military medics and a medical supply specialist – are serving at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, where 12 deaths and more than 190 infections have been confirmed.
The Georgia National Guard also provided five ventilators for use at Phoebe Putney and has an additional five service members currently supporting Pruitt Palmyra Nursing Home in Albany.
These teams provide support to the professional medical staff at each facility in order to enable them to focus on critical life-saving requirements. It is important to note that these teams do not exist in the military. They are "purpose built" and have been deployed to the point of need in just over a week.
In addition to these two teams deployed to Albany, the National Guard generated 12 more teams for deployment across Georgia, where the confirmed coronavirus caseload doubled in just three days to more than 2,000 people infected and 64 deaths, state health officials said Friday.
"I am deeply grateful to the men and women of the Georgia National Guard fighting this pandemic," said Gov. Brian Kemp. "Working with (the Georgia Emergency Management Agency), (the Department of Public Health) and our partners in the medical field, the Georgia National Guard is providing critical support in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its impact on our state."