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University of Tennessee Medical Center calls in help from National Guard

Ten National Guard members were welcomed Monday morning.
University of Tennessee Medical Center calls in help from National Guard
University of Tennessee Medical Center calls in help from National Guard(UT Medical Center)
Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 9:23 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2021 at 12:49 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Today, the University of Tennessee Medical Center was honored to welcome members of the Tennessee National Guard to assist us during this new surge of COVID-19 cases impacting our community, according to a post from UT Medical Center.

Today, UT Medical Center was honored to welcome members of the Tennessee National Guard to assist us during this new...

Posted by UT Medical Center on Monday, August 30, 2021

This morning, Dr. James Shamiyeh and Dr. Sandy Leake welcomed ten National Guard service members to the medical center. Over the next few weeks, they will assist team members in various duties to help care for our patients in the ED, ICUs and acute care units.

The call comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise following a slump early in the summer.

UT Medical Center ICU nurse Bailey Baker recently spoke to WVLT about what it’s like to face this rise in cases, asking people to get vaccinated.

“We are almost all vaccinated, and we are in a surge, unlike anything I have seen this whole COVID pandemic, yeah that would be my final plea, protect yourself, wash your hands, wear your mask, and get your vaccine,” she said.

UT Medical Center recently began reporting daily COVID-19 numbers on an online dashboard. According to that dashboard, 85 percent of those in the hospital are not fully vaccinated.

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