Governor Janet Mills announced today, Dec. 13, that members of the Maine National Guard will deploy to ten health care facilities this week. They will help relieve hospitals experiencing capacity challenges and to maintain access to inpatient health care amid a COVID-19 surge.
The Mills Administration anticipates that these actions will provide an estimated total of 80 additional inpatient hospital beds to care for Maine people.
Governor Mills activated up to 75 members of the Maine National Guard last week in response to record hospitalizations in Maine during a sustained surge of COVID-19 driven almost entirely by the Delta variant.
According to maine.gov:
The majority of people hospitalized in Maine are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As of today, there are 378 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maine, including 106 in critical care and 58 on ventilators. There are currently 63 available intensive care unit (ICU) beds available in Maine. The National Guard will be used in non-clinical support roles to: 1) provide support to nursing facilities and swing bed units that accept patients discharged from hospitals experiencing critical care capacity challenges; and 2) help administer monoclonal antibodies to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 and keep Maine people out of critical care, preserving intensive care unit (ICU) capacity.
More on the announcement here.