National Guard called up to relieve staff shortage at Stockley Center

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Pfc. Kelly Buterbaugh, a combat medic with the Delaware Army National Guard, gives instructions to a motorist during a drive-thru coronavirus testing mission.

On Sunday, Gov. John Carney on Sunday issued an Executive Order calling out members of the Delaware National Guard to serve at the Stockley Center in Georgetown.

Stockleyis facing a staff shortage due to a recent increase in Covid-19 community levels and industry-wide staffing shortages.

Delaware has seen a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks. Dover city offices were closed to the public through Monday after an outbreak of the virus.

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The Stockley Center is a 50-bed Medicaid-certified Intermediate Care Facility for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that provides both intermediate and skilled nursing care for individuals requiring a variety of complex supports and medical needs.

The Stockley 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,” said  Carney. “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.

This Order took effect at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, and will remain in effect until further notice, according to a release.

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