Governor Little activates National Guard for COVID response
BOISE - Governor Brad Little activated the Idaho National Guard Monday for the fourth time during the pandemic to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 in Idaho.
Little activated 75 Idaho National Guardsmen to assist Primary Health and the Idaho Department of Correction, which are experiencing staffing shortages because too many employees are absent from work due to COVID-19.
Currently, there are no plans to deploy National Guard personnel to Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino or North Idaho Correctional Institution, according to ICIO Warden Terema Carlson.
In addition, Little said he secured 503 additional personnel through a state contract to assist Idaho hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19.
"I am proud of our men and women of the Idaho National Guard who have stepped up time and again to help our state and communities get through an unprecedented, challenging time. The strain on healthcare, schools, business, and government from the spread of COVID-19 is a reminder that we are not out of the pandemic, and we need to be vigilant about keeping ourselves and our loved ones healthy," Little said.
Little and the State of Idaho have directed the following resources to expand healthcare capacity during the public health crisis:
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