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Tech. Sgt. Hazel Mangabat, 88th Healthcare Operations Squadron, injects Dr. Octavio Borges, a contractor with the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, with the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 8, 2021, on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Tech. Sgt. Hazel Mangabat, 88th Healthcare Operations Squadron, injects Dr. Octavio Borges, a contractor with the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, with the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 8, 2021, on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (R.J. Oriez/U.S. Air Force)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — A team of 20 U.S. Air Force medical personnel arrived at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday morning to assist with the health system’s coronavirus response.

The group includes nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists, according to a statement from the Clinic. They will help support the Clinic amid an increase in coronavirus hospitalizations in Ohio and across the U.S.

“While COVID-19 cases have begun to decline in Cleveland, we still have a high volume of COVID-19 patients and this will also allow us to accept more transfers and better serve our community and region,” a clinic spokeswoman said in the statement.

The Air Force medical personnel will go through an orientation process and begin working in the next few days, the statement says.

President Joe Biden last week announced that the federal government would dispatch the military medical personnel to the Clinic, as well as other hospitals across the U.S.

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