Fire crews in California launch mobile health support to help screen for COVID-19

  • Source: KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento
  • Published: 04/02/2020 12:00 AM

Sacramento-area fire crews and public health officials are launching a new initiative to provide mobile health support to the community. “We’re essentially bridging the gap between emergency services and the hospital,” Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Capt. Scott Perryman told FOX40. Think of it as an urgent care center on wheels. “They’ll let us know is it something simple like a strep throat or is it seasonal allergies or is it something more significant,” said Perryman. The initiative is driven by an effort to screen possible COVID-19 cases among people who may not be able to travel to be tested. “We have the ability swab and test and get it to the laboratory right then and there,” explained Perryman. Typical ambulances provide immediate lifesaving care and take people to the hospital, but the teams in these trucks are different.


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