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Coronavirus Watch: Kingsley Field airmen rerouted to help Sky Lakes in Klamath Falls

Some of the 173rd Fighter Wing airmen will be called back home to help their local hospital instead of aiding hospitals in the Salem or Eugene areas.

Posted: Sep 9, 2021 12:02 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2021 5:51 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Some of the 155 airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing based at Kingsley Field will be recalled to serve a hospital system closer to home, base leadership said on Thursday.

An initial group of 50 airmen were activated last week to help hospitals in the Springfield-Eugene area with logistical support as healthcare staff deal with the surge in serious COVID-19 cases. The 173rd announced on Wednesday that 100 more would be deployed to the Salem area.

Now 23 of those airmen will instead be heading to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, beginning Friday.

“It is a privilege to assist Oregon hospitals in a time of need,” said Col. Micah Lambert, 173rd Fighter Wing vice commander. “This hits close to home and is such an honor to support our community partner, Sky Lakes Medical Center, which provides medical care to much of Team Kingsley.”

As hospitals in Josephine and Jackson counties became overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients in early and mid-August, Sky Lakes did not report seeing the same surge. But later that month, hospital administrators began sounding the alarm after cases mounted practically overnight, as they were forced to open a second COVID-19 isolation unit and began looking at the need to postpone procedures.

Governor Kate Brown announced on August 13 that she would activate up to 1,500 members of the Oregon National Guard to help hospitals with logistical support due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, combined with ongoing staffing shortages.

Like the first group, the newly activated airmen will be put to work in non-clinical roles; material handling, equipment support, COVID testing support, laundry and custodial services, and other tasks as needed.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
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Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 5061240

Reported Deaths: 74159
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152548627128
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
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