Aug 25, 2021 - Health

Georgia to send national guard to hospitals amid COVID-19 surge

Gov. Brian Kemp in a face mask

Gov. Brian Kemp. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) announced Tuesday that more than 100 Georgia National Guard troops will deploy to 10 hospitals around the state to help staff amid a COVID-19 case and hospitalization surge.

State of play: "This Georgia National Guard mission is in addition to the 2,800 state-supported staff and 450 new beds brought online I announced last week, at a total state investment of $625 million through December of this year," Kemp stated in a news release.

  • "I continue to urge all Georgians to talk to a medical professional about getting vaccinated," Kemp said.

The big picture: Georgia last week passed 1 million reported COVID-19 infections, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

  • Kemp also last week issued an executive order allowing businesses to not comply with local mask or vaccine mandates meant to stop the spread of the virus.

Worth noting: Oregon, Hawaii and Kentucky have also deployed National Guard troops to help with COVID-19 case surges.

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