County employees can now volunteer for shifts at AdventHealth Gordon

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County employees in Gordon County, Georgia, will soon have the opportunity to lend a hand at AdventHealth Gordon, a move that will provide much-needed relief at a hospital that has been overburdened by COVID-19 patients and hospitalizations for months.

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners is nearing an agreement that will allow county employees to assist during shifts at AdventHealth Gordon hospital when not working in their day-to-day jobs. County Administrator Jim Ledbetter said it will go into effect soon.

Ledbetter said a number of firefighters and law enforcement personnel already have expressed interest in doing so. Anyone who does volunteer to take on a few extra hours will be paid for their time and must be vaccinated prior to their first shift.

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"With the hospital being licensed for 69 patients and having more than 100, the labor force is stretched pretty thin and staff are pretty tired.