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As the Omicron version of the coronavirus continues to spread in the US, states have rallied in response.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state’s National Guard to hospitals by January 24 to set up testing sites and assist with non-medical tasks amid a staff shortage.

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at the beginning of the month, inslee said the state had ordered 5.5 million home tests to be distributed to the public, will improve booster vaccine access and supply about 10 million free protective masks to residents.

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“We are seeing more COVID cases now than at any point during the entire pandemic,” he said at the time, “Now is the time to double our efforts against this virus.”

In neighboring Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said on Wednesday That she would deploy 1,200 Oregon National Guard members to more than 50 hospitals across the state.

“Inspired by the Omicron variant, current hospitalizations are over 700 and the number of daily COVID-19 cases is alarmingly high,” he said on Twitter.

“As they move forward again, I’m asking all Oregonians to keep up their work. Get vaccinated, promoted, wear your masks, and stay home when you’re sick,” Brown said.

on Thursday, Government Larry Hogan announced Maryland is opening six new hospital-based COVID-19 testing sites.

Additionally, the governor announced plans to distribute 20 million N95 and KN95 masks around the state.

Hogan said in a statement, “We are encouraging all Marylanders to continue doing the things that can keep us safe: vaccinations and promotions, avoiding crowds, keeping your distance, washing your hands and wearing masks or masks.” Wearing a face cover.” “We will take whatever action is necessary, and we urge Marylanders to remain vigilant, so that together we can continue to lead the nation with our health and economic recovery.”

Earlier this month he told the Maryland Department of Health Abbott to Provide Binex Now Rapid Antigen Test Kits for 500,000 Statewide.

In New England, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said residents can expect to receive 26 Million iHealth Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Tests in the next three months.

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Baker also said Tuesday that he has activated an additional 500 members of the Massachusetts National Guard to support the state’s health care system.

The order expands the 500-member National Guard activation that was originally announced on December 21 to support non-clinical operations in state hospitals.

in Vermont, Office of Government Phil Scott said All 175,000 free rapid COVID-19 test kits available to order online were taken as of Wednesday afternoon.

Families were allowed to order two kits containing a total of four tests that would be delivered to 87,500 homes over the next one to two weeks.

“As expected, the demand was very high and shows how much Vermonters understand the importance of testing to protect their health and those around them,” Scott said in a statement.

Another 75,000 test kits are expected to be available, but it is not clear when.

Governor Greg Gianfort announced on Thursday That Montana has ordered 650,000 CareStart rapid COVID-19 tests to be distributed to residents through county health departments.

“As the state of Montana, like the rest of the country, faces a new boom with the Omicron version, testing is an important tool to help keep people safe,” he said in a statement.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said on Thursday That the state is expected to receive about 600,000 rapid COVID-19 tests from the federal government.

“We have no intention of pursuing any further additional mitigation measures,” the governor told reporters.

In the state, Omicron now accounts for nearly 90% of newly reported COVID-19 cases and statistics The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the anxiety type accounts for more than 98% of US cases.

On Thursday, President Biden said the federal government plans to double the number of rapid tests to 1 billion that will be made available for free.

Some trials will be available next week – and a website will be set up – while others will be delivered in the coming months.