For the past several weeks, New Mexico has seen hospital staffing under a severe strain as the omicron coronavirus spreads.
Local news organizations, such as the Albuquerque Journal have run have run front page stories about staff shortages.
Later today, President Biden, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell, are expected to announce relief is on its way from the federal government in the form of additional medical team deployments to states hit hardest by staffing problems – New Mexico is one of those states.
According to a story published this morning by the Washington Post:
“President Biden will announce Thursday that the federal government is deploying additional medical teams to six states — New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Michigan and New Mexico — to help hospitals struggling to respond to the spike in cases of the omicron coronavirus variant, according to a White House official…
“The Biden administration is deploying 1,000 military personnel, to begin arriving next week at hospitals across the country, to “enhance surge efforts,” according to the White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preview the president’s remarks.”– As reported by The Washington Post, Thursday morning.
More on this story after the President’s formal announcement.