CORONAVIRUS, Health, Oregon

Tested by one round, Oregon National Guard deploys for a second tour in hospitals

The Oregon National Guard is once again on the move to help the state’s hospitals.

The order to do so came Wednesday from Gov. Kate Brown ­– less than a month after Guardsmen had completed the largest in-state mobilization in history.

This time, up to 500 Guardsmen will be tasked to help as omicron surges, putting more people into hospital care.

The last of the 1,588 Guardsmen sent into communities during the first round ended that duty Dec. 10.

They helped with a range of new tasks to free up medical professionals to focus on patients. They helped tend to patients as well.

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“We took wrench turners ­– tank operators and aircraft mechanics – and asked them to go into ICU and physically put their hands on people on ventilators, helping move people from one side to the other,” said Amy Almond-Schmid, senior enlisted leader. “We don’t equip . . .

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