Minnesota to get 25 staffed ambulances from FEMA for help with COVID-19 surge
November 20, 2020
Minnesota is receiving 25 staffed ambulances from the federal government to help hospitals transfer patients so medical centers are better prepared for a surge of those critically ill with COVID-19.
The state submitted the request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency after ambulance operators said the rising cases could soon exhaust their ability to transfer patients between health care facilities, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
These "inter-facility" transports are up 493% compared with three weeks ago and are rising rapidly.