AROUND OREGON: Oregon State Hospital situation ‘dire,’ National Guard asked to help staffing

The Oregon State Hospital is calling on the National Guard to stem a staffing crisis that has ballooned in recent weeks, with one out of three of the nursing staff on the Salem campus out on leave.

Activating the National Guard was the final step in a five-stage crisis staffing plan hospital administrators developed last fall after a Covid outbreak on the hospital campus left more employees unable to work.

Hospital administrators made the request through the state’s Emergency Operations Center this week, seeking 30 guard registered nurses to work shifts, hospital spokeswoman Rebekah Gipson-King said. She said the hospital hasn’t yet received a response.

Major Stephen Bomar, spokesman for the Oregon Military Department, said Gov. Kate Brown will make the call to activate the National Guard. He said the department is routinely coordinating and planning with . . .