In context: Last year, you saw the photos of National Guard members helping area senior healthcare campuses fight the first wave of COVID, usually involving cleaning and a general “fogging” of establishments as needed. Now, as the delta variant is swelling area hospitals and taxing staff, guard members are volunteering to take on nonmedical roles to help relieve the healthcare community.
They’re needed. Gordon County recorded 513 new cases of COVID in the past two weeks. Twenty-six deaths have been recorded there since Aug. 31 including six posted on Wednesday. As late as Wednesday, AdventHealth Gordon was treating 43 virus patients
Media release: To aide our frontline team members, National Guard members have volunteered to assist AdventHealth Gordon and AdventHealth Murray in nonclinical roles during the current surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Responsibilities and duties of the National Guard members will include answering phone calls in different departments, answering call lights for nursing units, moving equipment, screening patients and visitors under current COVID-19 screening guidelines, communicating visitor restrictions, directing visitors to their destination, assisting with security needs, stocking supplies, transport of stable patients, delivering blankets, food and water and other non-clinical duties.
“We are incredibly grateful for our National Guard volunteers,” said Mike Murrill, president and CEO of AdventHealth Gordon and AdventHealth Murray. “Their support means so much to our team. We can’t thank them enough for their help during this time.”