200 medical personnel from Fort Carson to deploy to Washington State for COVID-19 response

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FORT CARSON, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE (03/27): The number of personnel has changed from 300 to 200.
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Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel from Fort Carson are being sent to the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.

Fort Carson announced Tuesday that more than 200 personnel from the 627th Hospital Center are being deployed to Washington state to assist medical staff there. It's part of a move by the federal government to assist states hardest-hit by the ongoing pandemic. New York state, which has become the epicenter of the virus in the U.S. with about 60 percent of new cases popping up in the NYC metro area, is the other state identified by the government as needing assistance.

"Army health care professionals are adequately equipped with first-rate training, equipment and technology in order to deal with emergent health issues," said Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy in a statement released by the Army. "Protecting the health of the force and the American people are our top priorities."

Units in Texas and Kentucky have also been called up.

Fort Carson soldiers will "provide supplemental routine and emergency medical support to community medical staffs, allowing them to focus their resources and efforts on detecting and treating patients believed to have been exposed to COVID-19," the Mountain Post said Tuesday.

The unit is capable of establishing a 148-bed full-service hospital within hours of deploying, our news partners The Gazette report.

Fort Carson has not released a timeline for the deployment.

Evans Army Community Hospital will remain open while the unit is deployed.