Air Force Nurses to the rescue.  According to an article on KX News, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum announced that approximately 60 US Air Force medical personnel are heading to our neck of the woods to aid in the fight against COVID-19.  In a press release, Burgum said FEMA granted the state’s request for COVID-19 assistance.

The personnel, are part of a Department of Defense COVID-19 response operation, and will be helping out the communities of Minot, Fargo, Grand Forks and Bismarck.  They are expected to be at these hospitals by this weekend.  The hospitals they're expected to assist include Trinity Hospital in Minot, CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, Essential Health in Fargo, Sanford Medical Center in Fargo and Altru Health System in Grand Forks.  The Air Force staff response team that is coming is primarily nurses, including critical care nurses.

The Air Force nurses will join the 167 nurses who are part of the NDDoH COVID Response team.  The NDDoH also has contracted with a temporary staffing agency to provide an additional 60 nursing staff for hospitals and nursing homes.  According to the article, Burgum says the medical personnel comes from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and JBSA-Randolph, Texas; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi; Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; and elsewhere.   The response is funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.