National Guard is being deployed to bolster some long-term care facilities in New York, it confirmed on Thursday.

The Guard will deploy some 120 Army medics and Air Force medical technicians to 12 long-term facilities and nursing homes “to ease staffing shortages,” said a news release from the National Guard.  Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, ordered the mission at the start of December and cited what she said is a seasonal rise in COVID-19 cases.

According to the Guard statement, the facilities are located “from Long Island to Buffalo and north to the Canadian border.”

Service members are being sent to facilities in Goshen, Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Buffalo, Utica, Plattsburgh, Uniondale, Liberty, Vestal, Olean, and Lyons, the Guard confirmed in a statement.

“In selecting Soldiers and Airmen for the