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U.S. Will Deploy Troops to Help Hospitals During Omicron Wave, Distribute Free Covid Tests Starting in January

The Biden administration will deploy 1,000 medical personnel from the military to back up hospitals if they face a wave of omicron patients in January and February.
U.S. will deploy troops to help hospitals during omicron wave, distribute free Covid tests starting in January
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported that omicron is rapidly spreading and is now the dominant variant, representing 73% of U.S. cases.

From: CNBC

The White House will deploy 1,000 military medical personnel to support hospitals facing a surge of patients infected with COVID this winter, and will purchase 500 million at-home tests that Americans can order online for free with delivery beginning in January, according to senior administration officials.

President Joe Biden will announce the plan in a speech later Tuesday addressing how the administration is preparing for the highly contagious omicron variant of Covid-19. Biden warned last week that the unvaccinated face a winter of “severe illness and death,” calling on them to get immunized and to receive a booster shot to protect their health.

Hospitals from the Great Lakes to the Northeast are already struggling after getting hit by a wave of patients infected with the delta variant in November and December. Public health officials now fear the omicron strain will overwhelm health-care providers with another surge of patients.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported that omicron is rapidly spreading and is now the dominant variant representing 73% of sequenced U.S. cases, while the delta strain makes up 26.6% of infections. Just a week earlier, delta represented 87% of cases.

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