National Guard assists at Terrace View as new Covid-19 cases in Erie County reach record high | Local news – Community News
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National Guard assists at Terrace View as new Covid-19 cases in Erie County reach record high | Local news

The governor announced Wednesday that it would deploy a total of 120 members of the National Guard to assist in nine nursing homes and long-term care facilities, including Terrace View in Buffalo and The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centers in Cattaraugus County.

National Guard members have received medical training comparable to that of civilian EMTs, a state National Guard spokesman said.

“The difference between them and a civilian EMT is that our medics are trained to do it while someone is shooting at them,” spokesman Eric Durr told Newsday last week.

National Guard members are scheduled to work at Terrace View through mid-January.

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There are other factors that put pressure on local hospitals, from staff shortages to difficulties in discharging patients who have to be admitted to long-term care facilities that have no space.

The federal government will pay their salaries and provide them with housing benefits, Durr said. ECMC has not been asked to reimburse any of those costs, Cutler said.

Erie County last week registered its highest number of Covid-19 cases in a single week, according to preliminary data, as the Delta variant increases and the area continues its fourth wave.

741 positive cases were confirmed as of Saturday, bringing the total for the past seven days to 5,535, according to the Erie County Department of Health.

“Based on preliminary data, in the week ending 4/12/2021, the most Covid-19 cases in one week since the start of the pandemic will have been reported,” Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said in a tweet Sunday. .