Gov. John Carney on Sunday issued an executive order asking members of the Delaware National Guard who are healthcare workers, to staff the Stockley Center in Georgetown.
The center, which houses the disabled, is facing staff shortages due to a recent increase in COVID-19 community levels and industry-wide staffing shortages.
The 50-bed Medicaid-certified Intermediate Care Facility serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides both intermediate and skilled nursing care for individuals requiring a variety of complex supports and medical needs.
The center is managed by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS).
“The Delaware National Guard has stepped up time and time again to help our community,” Carney said in a press release. “COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our state, causing staffing issues in many industries, including health care. This facility cares for some of our most vulnerable Delawareans. I want to thank General Berry and the Delaware National Guard for their service.”
The Order specifically authorizes members of the National Guard, who are certified nursing assistants, registered nurses or other health care providers, to support the Stockley Center.
It took effect at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22, and will remain in effect until terminated.
The state this weekend also said that the number of COVID-19 cases in Delaware has risen enough in the last month that people should wear masks inside public places.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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