A medical team with the Department of Defense is set to be deployed to Northern Colorado next week to help with the increasing COVID-19 presence in the area.

In a release from UCHealth earlier today (Nov. 18), 20 nurses with the department of health are set to assist the UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins for a month to support hospitals with both service and staffing challenges.

With the added personnel and assistance, the hope is that it will alleviate the pressure front line workers have been experiencing in hospitals.

According to the release, hospital numbers in the UCHealth system are the worst they've been all year, with 373 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the state of Colorado.

Along with added help in the UCHealth system in Northern Colorado, the hope is it will also free up staff to assist the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and Greeley Hospital.