This is as backwards as it gets…
The Democrat Governor of Maine is now deploying the National Guard to healthcare facilities across the state.
Governor Janet Mills previously issued a mandate in August that required all Healthcare workers to be vaccinated; after she placed the mandate thousands of healthcare workers resigned or were fired.
It appears her mandate has caused hospitals to have a scarce amount of workers available at healthcare facilities across the state and now the National Guard is being deployed in hospitals all across the state.
In the midst of a sustained surge of COVID-19 in Maine, I am activating the Maine National Guard, and, in consultation with our health care systems, deploying them to expand our hospitals’ ability to treat people with COVID-19 and other serious medical conditions. 1/
— Governor Janet Mills (@GovJanetMills) December 8, 2021
— The Hill (@thehill) December 8, 2021
The Hill had more on the story:
Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) announced on Wednesday she is activating the state’s National Guard amid a shortage of hospital beds.
In a statement, the governor said the state has a record number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital: 379.
Of those, 117 are in critical care and 60 are in need of ventilators. Only 42 intensive care unit beds are open in the state.
“I do not take this action lightly, but we must take steps to alleviate the strain on our health care system and ensure care for all those who need it. I am grateful to the members of the Guard and to our heroic health care workers for their tireless efforts,” Mills said.
“Just as they are stepping up, so, too, must Maine people. For your health, for the health of an elderly person, for the health of a child, for our health care workers, for the National Guard, get vaccinated, please. It may save your life or someone else’s,” she added.
Maine is not the only state but New York and New Hampshire is doing teh same thing.
Governors of New York, Maine, and New Hampshire have called up their National Guards as hospitals run short of medics and medical technicians https://t.co/oHabiV2UTC
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 10, 2021
CNN got the scoop too:
The governors of Maine and New York deployed the National Guard in response to dangerously low capacity at statewide medical facilities due to the pandemic.
The New York National Guard announced Wednesday that it had deployed 120 medics and medical technicians to a dozen long-term care facilities statewide. The deployment came at the behest of Gov. Kathy Hochul, who issued the order last week in response to staffing shortages.
Service members deployed to facilities in Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Buffalo, Utica, Plattsburgh, Uniondale, Liberty, Vestal, Olean, Lyons and Goshen, the Guard said in a statement.
Hochul has indicated that she may deploy the Guard to hospitals as well — as of last week, some 50 hospitals in northern New York had less than 10% bed capacity in large part due to lack of staff. In Maine, Gov. Janet Mills activated the National Guard following a spike in Covid-19 cases.
The state reported a record-high of 379 people hospitalized with Covid-19 as of Wednesday, 60 of whom were on ventilators.
Firing health care workers during a pandemic seems like a bad idea. https://t.co/mex7vmyr2w
— Morning Answer (@MorningAnswer) December 10, 2021