Aug 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Oregon governor sending 1,500 National Guard troops to assist hospitals

Photo of a health care worker wearing a mask and face shield in scrubs
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she is deploying up to 1,500 National Guard troops to support hospitals as Delta continues to reach across the United States.

Why it matters: 733 Oregonians are currently hospitalized with severe cases, including 185 in intensive care, Brown said.

  • The state's health department is looking to provide additional assistance, and the Democratic governor has requested FEMA support and funding.

What she's saying: "I know this is not the summer many of us envisioned, with over 2.5 million Oregonians vaccinated against COVID-19," Brown said in a video message. "The harsh, and frustrating reality is that the Delta variant has changed everything."

  • "I cannot emphasize enough the seriousness of this crisis for all Oregonians, especially those who might need emergency or intensive care," she added, urging people to get vaccinated.
  • "Delta is highly contagious, and we must take action."

Worth noting: Brown recently mandated masks in indoor spaces.

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