Pennslvania's National Guard arrived at Gracedale on Monday to assist with resident care. They were slotted to be there for only 72 hours, but that stay has been extended until May 10.
Thirty-four members of the National Guard are primarily assisting with non-Covid-19 residents, allowing Gracedale employees to focus on residents who are positive for Covid-19 or have pending test results. Guard assistance includes twenty medics to work as CNAs and eight licensed nurses.
“We’ve had over 1,000 call-outs among our staff just in the month of April,” says Administrator Jennifer Stewart-King. “That is making things extremely difficult for the heroes of Gracedale who are caring for the residents. We’re very grateful to the National Guard for staying on to help care for our residents.”