NEWS | Aug. 26, 2021

Georgia National Guard deployed to hospitals

By Capt. Amanda Russell, Georgia National Guard

MARIETTA, Ga. – Approximately 100 Georgia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will assist health care workers at hospitals across the state who are dealing with an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Service members will help at the following hospitals: Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Wellstar Kennestone in Marietta, Piedmont Henry in Stockbridge, Phoebe Putney in Albany, Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Navicent Health in Macon, Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Piedmont Fayette in Fayetteville, and Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins.

“We are always ready to serve the people of Georgia for as long as we need to serve,” said Maj. Gen. Tom Carden, the adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard and member of the Governor’s Coronavirus Response Task Force. “The first medical support teams we are sending out are medics, and some are doctors.”

Medics were chosen based on their ability to go in and have the greatest, positive impact across the state.

Soldiers and Airmen from the Georgia National Guard were initially activated to support COVID-19 missions March 15, 2020. Medical support teams were the first to assist across the state to alleviate the workload on civilian medical personnel at hospitals. Later in the year, members of the Georgia National Guard disinfected facilities, assisted at foodbanks, provided COVID-19 tests and collected samples.