To help ease staffing tensions caused by an increase of COVID patients, the governor is dispatching National Guard troops to 21 more hospitals including Baptist Health Hardin.

Gov. Andy Beshear said 310 more soldiers and airmen will be deployed to arious hospitals across the state to give non-clinical support, allowing hospital staff to focus on patient care.

“Every hospital is bursting at the seams,” Beshear said in an announcement Thursday.

Beshear said 60 of the state’s 96 hospitals are facing critical staffing shortages and only 90 adult ICU beds are available in the entire state.

Guard troops already were activated at four hospitals. In addition to Elizabethtown, hospitals were added to the list from Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Glasgow, Hartford and Campbellsville.

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