Air, ground ambulances keep busy amid pandemic

Mercy Air, Reach Air and American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance services providers are experiencing a much higher than average number of requests to transport patients from local hospitals to facilities out of the county. COURTESY PHOTO

IMPERIAL COUNTY — Local air and ground ambulance providers are experiencing a much higher than average number of requests to transport patients from local hospitals to facilities out of the county.

Though the current call volume for inter-facility transfers has decreased slightly from a peak stemming from a surge in COVID-19 patients about a week ago, requests for such services remain high.

Staff Writer Julio Morales can be reached at jmorales@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3415.

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Curtis Rutherford

What is the difference between diversion and transfers? Coachella Valley hospitals has 53 patients transferred from IV hospitals but another 8 walk-ins. Are these diversions or transfers do to available bed capacity? And why isn't IVC's medical facility being used?

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