COVID-19: Response in the United States
Our US Response
For more than 35 years, International Medical Corps has provided emergency medical relief and assistance to people around the world affected by conflict, disaster and disease, working with them to recover, rebuild and gain the skills and tools required for self-reliance.
To help meet a rising need for disaster response in the US, International Medical Corps offers robust domestic response capacity that can quickly provide health and medical care to affected jurisdictions. We maintain Mission Ready Packages that enable rapid response to meet the medical surge needs of local jurisdictions, typically within 24 to 72 hours.
As of May 28, there were 1,768,461 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 103,330 deaths from the disease, in the United States. International Medical Corps is responding to the outbreak of coronavirus and COVID-19 in the US and globally, providing expertise, equipment, training, and triage and treatment services. Our multi-pronged approach, which ensures that at-risk countries and regions can prepare for and respond to potential outbreaks of the coronavirus, prioritises areas where the disease has spread or where healthcare systems and populations are particularly vulnerable.
- January 7: Chinese health authorities confirm that a cluster of pneumonia observed in the city of Wuhan is associated with a novel coronavirus, now called SARS-CoV-2.
- January 20: The first case of COVID-19 in the United States is confirmed in Snohomish County, WA. By March 18, it has spread to all 50 states.
- March 20: International Medical Corps deploys medical shelters to Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in south Los Angeles, the first of a nationwide series of deployments of medical equipment and assistance.
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As part of its domestic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, International Medical Corps has deployed emergency medical field units and equipment to Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center, and Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, to help them better manage triage and patient flow during surges in demand caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
International Medical Corps is deploying emergency medical field units at two hospitals in Puerto Rico: Hospital Damas in Ponce, which serves the southern part of the island—still recovering from a series of strong earthquakes in January—and Dr Ramón Ruiz Arnau University Hospital (HURRA) in Bayamón, which serves the island’s northern and central areas.
International Medical Corps has deployed emergency medical field units, personal protective equipment (PPE) and volunteer clinicians to Flushing Hospital Medical Center and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. The hospitals, both part of the MediSys Health Network, are not-for-profit teaching hospitals that each have served the community of Queens for more than a century. Both now find themselves in the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic and will use the field units to expand the capacity of their emergency departments and improve patient management and flow.
In Detroit, International Medical Corps has deployed emergency medical field units, PPE and other medical supplies to Henry Ford Hospital, which has served metro Detroit for more than a century, and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, which has served western Oakland County for more than a decade. The hospitals, both part of the Henry Ford Health System, will use the field units and supplies to improve care for overflow patients who are awaiting discharge. In addition, we have deployed volunteer clinical staff to two hospitals in the Detroit Medical Center health system.
In the Chicago area, International Medical Corps has deployed emergency medical field units, PPE and other medical supplies, and volunteer clinicians to Vista Medical Center East, in Waukegan, and to UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, in Harvey. Vista will use the field units to expand triage capabilities, improve patient flow and keep COVID-19 patients separated from other patients, while Ingalls will use the units to further support expanded COVID-19 community testing. At both facilities, volunteers will help alleviate potential workforce strain due to increased demands and patient volumes.