Governor Janet Mills has announced 10 healthcare facilities that will be getting help from Maine National Guard Troops.

Why are the Troops being deployed?

Earlier this week, the Governor announced that approximately 75 Maine National Guard members would be deployed to healthcare facilities, in order to help them deal with the challenges being presented by a glut of COVID patients. Many hospitals are struggling as the Delta variant has the pandemic in Maine continuing on at a time when we all thought it would be done. And now, with the possibilities of the Omicron variant, they want to make sure they're prepared for what may come. The National Guard will help increase capacity, providing an estimated total of 80 additional inpatient hospital beds.

Mills says members of the National Guard are being sent to 10 healthcare facilities across the state.

Where are they going?

11 National Guard members will be sent to:

  • St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor
  • Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor
  • Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway
  • Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington
  • Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland
  • Northern Light Health in Waterville.

15 National Guard members will be sent to Saint Joseph's Manor in Portland.

12 National Guard Members to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

2 members will be deployed to Rumford Hospital in Rumford and Bridgton Hospital in Bridgton.

How bad is the need?

The Maine CDC says the majority of people currently hospitalized with COVID are not fully vaccinated. As of Monday, 12/13, there were 378 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maine, including 106 in critical care and 58 on ventilators. There are currently 63 intensive care units beds available statewide.

At this point, the deployments are scheduled through January 26, 2022.

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