U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that military health-care workers will be deployed to six states beginning next week in order to help hospitals overwhelmed by a surge in Omicron-related COVID-19 cases.
Six additional teams of military medical teams, up to 120 personnel, will be deployed to Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and New Mexico.
Biden also directed the U.S. government to procure an additional 500 million COVID-19 tests to help meet surging demand across the country. The order comes on top of another 500 million tests that the White House pledged would be available to Americans in January.
He also said he’ll announce next week how his administration will make free face masks available for Americans.
To date, 847,664 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States amid 63,268,225 reported total cases as the outbreak enters its third year.
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