“We did not put reserve units on alert at this time because we’re sensitive to the competing demand,” Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs said, after several days of discussions over whether to activate National Guard and service Reserve medical troops, who often work as doctors, nurses and other community medical professional roles in their civilian careers. “I don’t think we know at this point,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said of how the mix of military assets will be used. “We’re eager to hear the exact requirement and see what it is.”
If deployed, [Army mobile hospitals] would be used to care for non-intensive care unit patients who are already in hospitals, or [to] divert new, non-critical patients from being admitted into a brick-and-mortar hospital.