By Eleanor Flynt –
The Department of Defense has announced that Doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists who are military medical personnel will soon deploy to New England New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to support civilian health care workers treating COVID-19 patients.
The Defense Department support will begin in Massachusetts with a 15-person team from the Air Force supporting Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital in Brockton, while another 15-person Air Force team will support Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence.
Maine will also get support with two 15-person teams from the Air Force supporting Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. These teams will join a team already supporting a hospital in Lewiston.
The Department of Defense says the joint DOD effort currently or will soon include three teams working in Connecticut, one in New Hampshire, one in New Jersey, five in New York, two in Pennsylvania and one in Rhode Island.
Army North, under U.S. Northern Command’s oversight, provides operational command of the teams and Army Lt. Gen. John R. Evans Jr., Army North commander said the “U.S. Army North’s priority remains defense of the homeland, which includes the ongoing, whole-of-government fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”