by Robin Kemp

Photo credit: Capt. Fred Dablemont, April 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered over 100 National Guard troops to hospitals around Georgia, including several that serve people in Clayton County. As of press time, Southern Regional Medical Center was not one of those.

Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville are among the hospitals where troops will “assist our front line health care workers as they provide quality medical care during the current increase in hospitalizations, and I greatly appreciate General Carden and his team for their willingness to answer the call again in our fight against COVID-19,” Kemp said.

As of press time, both Piedmont Henry and Piedmont Fayette were on total diversion, while Grady was on medical diversion, according to the Georgia Coordinating Center, which monitors patient flow.

The governor also said he would “continue to urge all Georgians to talk to a medical professional about getting vaccinated.”

Kaiser Permanente also issued a robocall Tuesday afternoon, encouraging members to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination for patients age 12 and older, and to call with any questions about the vaccine or COVID-19.

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