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Evers deploys National Guard to help hospitals fight the COVID-19 wave

Gov. Tony Evers deploys members of the Wisconsin National Guard to long-term care facilities to free up space as hospitals deal with record numbers of COVID-19 patients.

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers deploys members of the Wisconsin National Guard to long-term care facilities across the state to free up space in hospitals dealing with a record number of COVID-19 infections.

The goal is to open at least 200 beds in healthcare facilities by the end of February, so hospitals can discharge patients who no longer need their care but cannot go home.

Announcement coming in three weeks after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported there were about 600 patients in Wisconsin hospitals that belonged in nursing homes or assisted living facilities but could not be discharged because there were not enough staff at the long-term care centers to care for them, despite having enough beds.

“As we continue to see COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increase, we are following every available option to provide needed staff support to Wisconsin’s health systems,” Evers said in a statement.