Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that 60 National Guard medical teams will deploy to various long-term care facility locations across New York.
“As the weather gets colder and friends and family gather indoors for the holiday season, the risk of a winter spike in COVID-19 cases rises,” Hochul said. “My administration is carefully monitoring developments with the Omicron variant and is working to continue making vaccines and boosters widely available. We have the tools to fight this virus – get vaccinated if you haven’t, and get the booster if you’re vaccinated. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and keep you and your loved ones safe.”
The medical teams will assist at nursing homes and long-term care facilities where a need has been identified. The New York State Department of Health is coordinating the deployment of these resources with each affected facility to ensure the deployments target each site’s needs.