Gov. Brian Kemp announced last week that about 200 troops would be deployed starting Jan. 3 to help statewide. Kemp said last week he expects to fully fill troop assignments by Jan. 18.
"I just wanted to reassure my fellow Georgians, we've gotten through this before, we'll absolutely do it again," Gov. Kemp said at a press conference last week.
"After hearing from public health experts and hospital leadership, the state has identified these assignments and communicated these needs to the Georgia National Guard," Kemp's Office wrote in a release:
- Ninety-six personnel will be assigned to support 16 Department Public of Health testing sites across seven districts and assist with department warehouses.
- One hundred and two personnel will be assigned to support 11 hospital facilities.
These are the Department of Public Health Districts that will receive help based upon need:
- North Health District
- Cobb & Douglas Health District
- Fulton Health District
- Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale (GNR) Health District
- DeKalb Health District
- East Central Health District
- West Central Health District
These are the hospital systems that have also been assigned troops.
- Grady Health System
- Piedmont Atlanta
- Piedmont Henry
- Upson Regional Medical Center Thomaston
- Northeast Georgia Medical Center
- Atrium Health Navicent
- Phoebe Putney Albany
- Houston Medical Center
- University Health Care System
- Tanner Health System
“It is spreading a lot quicker than anything we’ve seen," Gov. Brian Kemp said. "You can simply look at the numbers, so we realize that testing sites are going to get overwhelmed as well."