Gov. Tony Evers is asking the Biden administration to send 100 federal health care workers to Wisconsin and is utilizing National Guard nurses in state mental health hospitals as hundreds of health care facilities say they need help to combat staffing shortages and a surge of COVID-19 cases.

Hospitals and long-term care facilities in Wisconsin are entering a crisis, state health officials said Wednesday, as COVID-19 infections rise while health care facilities experiencing staffing shortages continue to provide care for other ailments including the seasonal flu.

As hospital beds decrease, the Evers administration is asking the Biden administration for five medical reserve teams of 20 workers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send into health care facilities — workers that have been deployed to other states experiencing surges.

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