Tennessee National Guard deploys more members to additional hospitals, including Holston Valley in Kingsport

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the state, the Tennessee National Guard deployed more members to hospitals statewide.

According to a release from Tennessee National Guard, around 80 additional soldiers and airmen have been deployed to 10 more hospitals around Tennessee to help with administration work and support medical staff.

This includes Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, according to Lt. Col. Darin Haas, who said the soldiers will be there at least two weeks.

This is at the request of the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA).

Hospitals receiving support from the National Guard include Crossville, Knoxville, Lenoir City and Tazewell. The addition brings the total number of medical facilities receiving National Guard assistance to 32 in the state.

The National Guard was directed in late August to assist at Ballad Health.

The release adds that there are currently more than 310 Guardsmen assisting 24 hospitals and eight monoclonal antibody infusion centers.

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