Health care workers arrive in New Hampshire to help an ICU

December 12, 2021 GMT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — More health care workers arrived in New Hampshire this weekend to help relieve pressure at a hospital with an overwhelmed intensive care unit.

WMUR-TV reports that about two dozen health care workers arrived at Elliot Hospital in Manchester Saturday and began helping shortly after. They’re from the National Disaster Medical System, with the work funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Elliot Hospital received a physician, nurse practitioner, nurses and paramedics to help with their 16-bed ICU, which currently has 24 patients. The hospital has moved some of the ICU patients to other floors.

The medical personnel are scheduled to remain at Elliot Hospital for two weeks, but that could be extended if the COVID-19 surge continues.

A holiday-season spike in cases and hospitalizations has hit even New England, one of the most highly inoculated corners of the country.

More than 400 people were in the hospital with COVID-19 in New Hampshire at the start of last week, breaking the record set last winter.

Gov. Chris Sununu directed hospitals to set up COVID-19 “surge centers” using space normally reserved for such things as outpatient care.