Oregon National Guard helping Rogue Valley hospitals Friday

MEDFORD, Ore. – Struggling to keep up with current COVID-19 numbers, Southern Oregon hospitals are finally getting some help this week. Governor Kate Brown ordered Oregon National Guard Soldiers into action Friday.

The Oregon National Guard will help Asante hospitals in the Rogue Valley, as well as other hospitals statewide. NBC5 News was told soldiers will be doing everything from janitorial work to helping administer COVID-19 tests.

“They’re able to reach to their experience in the community and their occupation vocation and be able to use that when we’re assigned a mission similar to this, which is out of the typical military scope,” said Major Chris Clyne.

While Oregon National Guard has medical personnel none have been requested to come to Southern Oregon. Jackson County has requested a field hospital. There’s no word on the status of that request.

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Katie Streit
NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]