Stefan Hofer’s ambulance company, West Traill EMS, in Mayville, North Dakota, has received only one or two calls that weren’t related to Covid-19 over the past two months. But he said the case count has ballooned by 20 to 30 percent because of the pandemic. At the same time, the company’s expenses have mounted, its revenue has cratered and its workforce is being decimated by the virus.
The company — which is private and supported by volunteers, a few employees and four trucks — covers more than 1,500 miles of North Dakota prairie and serves about 10,000 people on the far east side of the state.
Private EMS services, both in urban and rural centers across the country, collectively received $350 million in Covid-19 relief funds in April, but those companies said that money ran out within weeks. Months later, the need remains great as they face another coronavirus surge.
Terence Ramotar, President of the Florida Ambulance Association and AAA Board member, discusses how the coronavirus crisis in Florida is impacting ambulance services on MSNBC’s Morning Joe!
This morning, AAA Alternate Director and Florida Ambulance Association President Terence Ramotar made a compelling case…
This morning, AAA Alt Director Terence Ramotar made a compelling case for enhanced Federal resources for #EMS on @morning_joe. Thanks to @morningmika for an enlightening interview about providing #mobilehealthcare during the #COVID19 pandemic. https://t.co/EV7zudR6dW @AMR_Social
— AmericanAmbulanceAsc (@amerambassoc) July 16, 2020