The US Department of Defense will deploy approximately 45 US Army medical personnel to assist at four Marshfield Clinic locations to bolster the state’s effort to combat COVID-19, Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday.

The Marshfield Clinic system has been utilizing volunteers from the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR), but the need for more staff to meet patient demand remains a challenge, so the incoming medical personnel will support facilities in Marshfield, Eau Claire, Rice Lake, and Beaver Dam.

“Wisconsin’s healthcare system is strained, and our frontline healthcare workers are doing amazing work under extraordinary circumstances,” said Gov. Evers. “Many of them working back-to-back shifts in head-to-toe PPE, putting their health and safety on the line to take care of our vulnerable COVID-19 patients. This additional support is crucial and I thank the Department of Defense for providing these resources to the state.”

“We are deeply grateful for the support of the Department of Defense as we continue to deal with the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin,” said Dr. Susan Turney, Marshfield Clinic Health System CEO. “Because of the prolonged and intense nature of this crisis, many hospitals are near full capacity and medical staff is exhausted. We look forward to partnering with military medical personnel to provide the care our patients need.”