LINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Greene County General Hospital in Linton, Ind. announced Thursday it has requested assistance from the Indiana National Guard to help support the hospital’s staffing needs during a large spike in positive COVID 19 case numbers.

GCGH is experiencing an increase in hospitalizations, according to a news release, in both COVID and non-COVID patients. The Indiana National Guard has agreed to deploy a six-person team consisting of two clinical and four non-clinical members for two weeks to support the staff at GCGH and My Clinics, the release said, and the hospital anticipates the teams will arrive sometime this week.

“GCGH, like most other hospitals in the country, is facing obstacles with high volumes of patients and trouble with staffing shortages,” GCGH Chief Medical Officer Michael Gamble said. “These shortages are not from employees being fired or quitting due to vaccine mandates. These shortages are a result of tired and sick healthcare workers who are struggling to continue helping others. The shortage or workers, supplies, medications, and blood products will affect everyone’s healthcare in the coming days. Please do your part to avoid Covid-19 and stay safe and healthy.”