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Ohio National Guard to Support Additional COVID-19 Test Sites, Cleveland Clinic to Receive Federal Aid

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that the Ohio National Guard will support additional COVID-19 testing sites in Gallipolis, Toledo and Mansfield, bringing the total number of Guard-supported testing sites to 15.

This additional aid is part of the ongoing effort to ease some of the burden of the state’s worst-hit hospitals as the number of COVID-19 cases rises sharply, causing hospitalizations and ICU admissions this month during the pandemic have risen to their highest levels. On Wednesdays the Ohio Hospital Association reported 6,637 hospitalizations for COVID-19.

The total deployment of National Guard members who work with Ohio’s health care systems now stands at approximately 2,300 members. This includes about 200 Guard members who provide medical support and about 2,100 who provide general support, including testing, food services, hospital transport, administrative duties and more. About 350 Guard members support the testing. (Note that not all Guard members deployed are on the scene yet.)

In addition, the Cleveland Clinic receives federal assistance from a team of 20 U.S. Air Force medical professionals. The team will consist of nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists.

The Cleveland Clinic asked the state for this support as hospital admissions peaked, and the Ohio Department of Health, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). ) to seek help.

The team will get to work on the main campus next week. Previous implementations like this have taken about one or two months. The Cleveland Clinic shares that this support will help them open closed beds and accept transfers.

This is another example of how Ohio has taken statewide action to help coordinate hospitals and reduce staffing pressure on hospitals.

Adding more medical staff will benefit the entire region and will complement the efforts of the National Guard and existing staff to maintain the standard of care during this wave of COVID.

National Guard Supported Test Sites

As of today, the Guard will support or prepare at the following locations that offer COVID-19 testing for people 2 years and older.

Start dates, specific locations and plans for open locations are subject to change. Test sites supported by members of the National Guard test individuals 2 years of age and older. Check with your local testing site for possible age restrictions.

CURRENTLY SUPPORTING:

  • Akron: Atrium Test Site (Summa Health), 1077 Gorge Blvd., Akron.
  • District: (Aultman/Cleveland Clinic Mercy), Stark County Fairgrounds, 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton.
  • Chillicothe: Adena Regional Medical Center, 272 Hospital Road, Chillicothe.
  • Cincinnati: (Ethos Laboratories), Crossroads Church, 990 Reading Road, Mason.
  • Cincinnati: (Ethos Laboratories), Riverbend, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati.
  • Cincinnati: UC Health, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati.
  • cleveland: Walker Center (Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals), 10524 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
  • columbia 🙁Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center), first floor of the CAS parking lot at 2540 Olentangy River Road, Columbus.
  • Dayton: (Premier Health) Miami Valley Hospital, 1 Wyoming St., Dayton.
  • Maumee: Lucas County Recreation Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee.
  • Springboro: Dayton Children’s Hospital Springboro COVID-19 Test Site, 3300 W. Tech Road, Springboro.
  • Zanesville: Genesis Hospital, 2951 Maple Ave., Zanesville.

START OF THIS WEEK:

  • Gallipolis: Holzer Health System, 2881 OH-160, Gallipolis.

IN TREATMENT:

  • Mansfield: Avita Ontario Hospital, 715 Richland Mall, Mansfield.
  • Toledo: Site not yet known

In recent weeks, Governor Mike DeWine has announced waves of Ohio National Guard activations designed specifically to provide staffing support — both clinical and non-clinical — to Ohio hospitals facing growing clinical demand coupled with staffing challenges like due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. The Ohio Department of Health has worked closely with the Guard, the Ohio Hospital Association and hospital zone leaders to determine where these resources can have the most impact on overall hospital infrastructure statewide. These decisions are based on factors such as case levels, emergency department tension, hospital capacity, and other actions taken by the hospital to decompress. The test sites will help redirect hospital emergency room testing traffic and expand access to testing for Ohioans. The Garde has been supporting COVID-19 missions for over 20 months.

The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Hospital Association evaluate the situation in Ohio’s hospitals on a daily basis to assess and maximize staffing levels to ensure Guard members are assisting in locations with the most critical needs. Hospital admissions for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients and testing needs change every day, and staffing levels are adjusted accordingly.