DVIDS – News – Support from Ohio National Guard and State Defense Force members proved critical to hospitals during recent spike in COVID-19
The personnel support provided by members of the Ohio National Guard and State Defense Force was the helping hand many hospitals and communities needed during the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state from December to the beginning of this year.
More than 2,000 soldiers and airmen were activated by Governor Mike DeWine during this time to help relieve hospitals and health care facilities, which took in the aid due to staff shortages and illnesses.
“We thank the members of the Ohio National Guard for your tireless efforts during the pandemic,” DeWine said during his state of the state address in March. “Our Guard members responded to every call during the pandemic…preventing a care crisis during the Omicron surge (COVID-19 variant).”
Personnel performed many different functions while mobilized in the state, deploying to more than 60 hospitals and nearly 20 COVID-19 testing sites across the state. Some of the tasks performed included monitoring and transporting patients, staffing and administration, testing and vaccinations, and distributing food.
“That was very important because in the emergency department you need things fast and timely,” said Sgt. Jose Brown, NCO of Ohio National Guard Company B, 638th Support Battalion. “I was helping with the environmental group, so I was cleaning the rooms and helping with some of the trauma that was happening, but (our help) certainly relieved a lot of stress (for) the environmental group and the nurses.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, more than 5,000 members of the Ohio National Guard and State Defense Forces have participated in more than 70 varied missions in support of local partners, county and state. All missions were completed by the end of March this year.
When it comes to serving in the military, missions and deployments often come with ribbons, awards, and recognition. But for many members who supported this mission, being able to serve their community was its own reward.
“It’s really special, serving local; it really brought him home,” said CPS. Julie Scholsser, a Soldier with Co. B., 638th Support Battalion who was on the hospital support mission. “Just knowing that I’m serving other people who live around me, but also friends (and) family members, it brought me home. So that was a cool impact.
|Date posted:||25.05.2022 00:30|
|Location:||COLUMBUS, OH, USA|
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