International Medical Corps prepares for COVID-19 surge

International Medical Corps and Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital partner to prepare for COVID-19 surge

LOS ANGELES, CA—As part of its global response to the Covid-19 pandemic, International Medical Corps is deploying 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 COVID-19. The additional shelters, provided to International Medical Corps through the support of FedEx, in partnership with AbbVie and Medtronic, will assist frontline providers in the management of patient flow and treatment.

International Medical Corps emergency team members will be setting up the shelters—which will add 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.

International Medical Corps is working 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 prioritizes areas where the disease has spread or where populations are particularly vulnerable.

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