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COVID-19 Coverage

Army Reserve Nurses Assisting Yuma Regional Medical Center With Staffing

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Defense Department Support to FEMA COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Yuma County this past summer and fall, officials at Yuma Regional Medical Center noticed a need for outside help.

"We were the top transferring facility of patients out to higher facilities," Deb Aders, Chief Nursing Officer at YRMC, told KAWC. "We had ICU beds. We didn’t have ICU staff.” 

Help has arrived with 40 nurses from the Army Reserves.

They arrived Jan. 7and are working in the Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Room.

Aders said YRMC is ready to assist with vaccine distribution, which is controlled locally by the Yuma County Health Department. Vaccine distribution has been slow around the country.

Col. Martha Roellig from the Army Reserve Team said the public can continue to do its part while we await our turn for the vaccine.

“No close gatherings," Roellig said. "That’s what COVID loves. That’s where it’s going to jump from person to person. So as painful as it is, keep doing Zoom, keep doing the online family get togethers.” 

The Army nurses will be in Yuma through at least early February but may be extended due to local COVID numbers.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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