IU Health to ask for assistance from National Guard during Covid spike

IU Health has requested assistance from the National Guard at most of its hospitals due to COVID-19 and increasing non-Covid hospitalizations, according to a statement sent to the Bloomingtonian by an IU Health spokesperson.

The statement didn’t address specific needs at the recently opened IU Health Bloomington hospital.

Here is the full statement:

As COVID cases continue to increase and hospitalization of COVID and non-COVID patients reach all-time highs, the demand and strain on Indiana University Health’s team members, nurses and providers has never been greater. To best support our team members and patients, IU Health will leverage all available resources and enlist members of Indiana’s National Guard, in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Health, to assist in areas of critical need. All IU Health South Central Region hospitals have their National Guard teams in place at this time.  

The six-person National Guard teams consist of two clinical and four non-clinical service members, and deployments are in two-week increments. While clinical service members may treat patients, the non-clinical service members will offer administrative and logistical support to allow hospital teams to focus on patient care. All members of the National Guard teams are fully vaccinated.

IU Health is proud to partner with the Indiana Department of Health and National Guard in this effort to care for the people of Indiana.”

An article published on the Fox 59 website says Covid cases have spiked more than 20-percent in Indiana in the past week.

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