More than two dozen Maine National Guard troops arrived Thursday, Jan. 20 at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast to lend a helping hand as the hospitals face the challenge of the COVID-19 Omicron surge.

“We’re grateful that we can help,” Sargent First Class Daniel Bibeau, who is the leader of the PBMC team, said in a Jan. 20 news release. “The National Guard brings together a dynamic group of people from different backgrounds together to serve the community. This is what we signed up for.”

PBMC is hosting 17 members of the National Guard and WCGH is hosting 11. They will serve as sitters, environmental services techs and TNAs, a role that is similar to a CNA. They will be deployed at the hospitals through Feb. 25.

National Guard members at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast. MaineHealth