Watch: Gov. Evers announces National Guard to support hospitals

MADISON (WKBT) — Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday that the Wisconsin National Guard will help support the state’s hospitals and nursing homes by training guard members as certified nursing assistants.

The plan will offer staffing relief to nursing facilities and help free up capacity at hospitals, according to the governor’s office.

“As we continue to see COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge, we are pursuing every available option to bring needed staffing support to Wisconsin’s health systems,” said Evers in a statement. “I’m proud to announce our new partnership with Madison College to provide
training to Wisconsin National Guard members so by the end of February we can welcome more than 200 new certified nursing assistants in nursing homes across our state and expand capacity.”

That will allow skilled nursing facilities to pen up 200 or more beds by the end of February.

This week, approximately 50 Wisconsin National Guard members were deployed to six nursing homes across the state. A group of about 80 members who started training this week will deploy at the end of January. Another group of about 80 members
will start training in early February to deploy by the end of February.

Evers, along with Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake and other health experts, gave Wisconsinites an update on the pandemic at 1:30 p.m. You can watch it here or on the News 8 Now Facebook page.

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