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Cleveland Clinic to receive help from military medical professionals under direction from president

Drive-thru testing site organized by Ohio National Guard
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Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 10:56 AM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Approximately 20 military medical professionals are being dispatched to the Cleveland Clinic to assist with COVID-19 patients following an announcement from President Joe Biden.

A Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman said the federal assistance will likely first begin at the hospital system’s main campus.

Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said during a Thursday morning health briefing that the medical professionals coming to the state are Air-Force type personnel.

The health department’s director was joined for remarks by Ohio National Guard Major Gen. John Harris Jr., the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center’s Dr. Daniel Bachman, and Dr. Jennifer Wall Forrester, of University of Cincinnati Health.

Ohio is one of six states that the president is directing federal help to in an effort to help with hospital staffing shortages as the omicron variant continues to spread, President Biden said on Thursday.

In total, approximately 1,000 military medical personnel will be sent to the six states, President Biden said.

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