President Biden is answering the call to help six states struggling with the COVID surge. He's sending military medical teams to hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Michigan and New Mexico. The doctors and nurses are the first of one-thousand military teams preparing to deploy across the country.
Meantime, Governor McKee is thanking the President for stepping in.
“We promised Rhode Islanders that we would pursue every resource to alleviate stress on our hospital system and support critical staffing needs. Yesterday, our whole of government COVID response team announced a series of initiatives and partnerships to help us make good on that promise.
As part of this comprehensive action plan, several weeks ago, I sent a letter to FEMA requesting emergency medical personnel to provide direct support to local hospitals. Our Administration worked closely with local hospital leadership to complete the application process.
Today, I am encouraged that President Biden has announced that Rhode Island will receive a team of FEMA emergency medical personnel arriving over the next couple of week, the Governor said."
The first batch will arrive as early as next week.
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