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June 05th, 2020

marshall at hopsitalKansas First District Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall volunteers this past weekend at Southwest Medical Center to help with COVID-19 cases at the hospital. Courtesy photoROBERT PIERCE• Leader & Times

Kansas First District Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall spent this weekend volunteering to help COVID-19 patients in Seward County.

In a statement, Marshall said he spent the weekend in Liberal working in the emergency room and ICU at Southwest Medical Center, where he assisted with screening, admitting and working with respiratory therapists on managing ventilators in the ICU.

“After meeting with hospital officials in Seward County on Wednesday, we observed the increased number of hospitalizations in the community,” the statement said. “Liberal is a hot spot right now, and the biggest healthcare challenge in rural America is almost always manpower.”

Marshall said Seward County also expressed the need for additional tests and ventilators.

“We worked with CDC and DHS on the ground get them more equipment, and they were responsive within minutes, but the shortage of medical professionals is still present,” he said.

Marshall said he was happy to offer his service to alleviate the strain on rural physicians working around the clock.

“The President and his administration have done their part, now it’s time to do everything I can,” he said. “This isn’t just important to Seward County, but to our state and nation. About a quarter of America’s beef is processed in Southwest Kansas. This is vital for food production and keeping our hospitals, front line professionals and communities up and running.”

As of Friday, Seward County had 514 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the third largest case total in the state behind Ford and Wyandotte counties.

During his visit to Liberal last Wednesday, Congressman Marshall met with Seward County Health Department officials and toured the National Beef facility.

Dr. Marshall has previously volunteered in Wyandotte County.

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