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International Medical Corps Helping MLKCH Respond to Coronavirus

International Medical Corps Helping MLKCH Respond to Coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020

As part of its global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, International Medical Corps has deployed two medical shelters and equipment to Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH), which serves an area of high medical need in South Los Angeles.

Currently, the hospital, which operates in one of the most medically underserved areas in the nation, is preparing for a potential increase in patients due to the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The additional shelters, provided to International Medical Corps through the support of FedEx, in partnership with AbbVie and Medtronic Foundation, will assist frontline providers in the management of patient flow and treatment.

International Medical Corps emergency team members set up the shelters—which added capacity for 16 beds total—outside the hospital on Friday, March 20. Experts from International Medical Corps and MLKCH are available to answer questions from the media about the shelters and their use.

International Medical Corps is working in the US and globally with international health bodies, local and national governments, and ministries of health to provide expertise, equipment, training, and triage and treatment services. Its response prioritises areas where the disease has spread or where populations are particularly vulnerable.

For more information about International Medical Corps’ global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit

For more information about MLKCH’s response, please visit

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