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UNIVISION SHOWCASES HEROIC WORK OF MERCY AIR CREWS COMBATTING COVID-19 IN IMPERIAL COUNTY, CA

by Air Methods | Aug 25, 2020

As the battle against COVID-19 rages on, so does the demand for patient care in rural areas. Recently, Univision, a leading Hispanic media company in the U.S., got an inside look at the heroic work Mercy Air crews are doing during the pandemic to move patients out of crowded hospitals in Southern California. Mercy Air, a subsidiary of Air Methods, established a base in Imperial County to focus on serving residents and bridging the distance between patients and the level of care they require.

Imperial County, a rural and impoverished region in Southern California with a population of about 180,000 people, has been a COVID-19 hotspot. At one point, the county was averaging about 900 infections per 100,000 people, compared with 371 in Los Angeles County during the same two-week period.

In response to the surge in Imperial County, a Mercy Air team that primarily focused on car accidents and other emergencies near the border pivoted their efforts to transport COVID-19 patients to hospitals across the state. Since March, Mercy Air has taken more than 100 COVID-19 patients out of Imperial County for treatment.

You can watch the full story from Univision here.

Mercy Air’s work in Imperial County is one of many instances of Air Methods crews going out of their way to support vulnerable communities. Across the country, Air Methods teams have worked tirelessly to transport COVID-19 patients out of overcrowded rural hospitals to other facilities. We could not be prouder of the entire Air Methods Team for their dedication to coordinating care on the frontlines for those who need it most.


Univision Presenta un Heroico Trabajo de Compasión de los Grupos Mercy Air Combatiendo el COVID-19 en el Condado Imperial, CA


Mientras la batalla contra el COVID-19 continúa, también lo hace la demanda para cuidado de pacientes en zonas rurales. Recientemente, Univision, una empresa de medios de comunicación líder en los Estados Unidos, le da una mirada interior a la obra heroica que la tripulación de Mercy Air está haciendo durante la pandemia para transportar a pacientes de hospitales abarrotados en el sur de California. Mercy Air, una filial de Air Methods, estableció una base en el condado Imperial para enfocarse en apoyar a los residentes, acortando la distancia entre pacientes, y el nivel de atención que necesitan.

El condado Imperial, una región rural y empobrecida en el Sur de California con una población aproximada de 180,000 personas, ha sido el epicentro del COVID-19. En un punto, en el condado había alrededor de 900 infecciones por cada 100,000 personas, comparado con 371 en el condado de Los Angeles durante el mismo período de dos semanas.

En respuesta al aumento en el condado Imperial, un equipo de Mercy Air que principalmente se había concentrado en accidentes automovilísticos y otras emergencias cerca de la frontera, redirigió sus esfuerzos a transportar pacientes del COVID-19 a hospitales en todo el estado. Desde marzo, Mercy Air ha trasladado a más de 100 pacientes con COVID-19 fuera del condado Imperial para tratamiento. 

Puedes ver toda la historia de Univision aquí

El trabajo de Mercy Air en el condado Imperial es uno de tantos ejemplos en que la tripulación de Air Methods cambia de rumbo para apoyar a comunidades vulnerables. A través del país, los equipos de Air Methods trabajan para transportar pacientes con COVID-19 fuera de hospitales saturados en áreas rurales para otras instalaciones. No podríamos estar más orgullosos de todo el equipo de Air Methods por su dedicación para coordinar la atención al paciente en el frente para los que más lo necesitan. 

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