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Responding to Coronavirus

Samaritan’s Purse continues to help alleviate suffering during the COVID-19 crisis. Each of our 16 field offices around the world, as well as our affiliate offices, have launched new efforts or adapted projects to support people who are suffering during this global pandemic.

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Earlier in the year, Samaritan’s Purse deployed Emergency Field Hospitals to New York City and Italy in order to provide critical care for people seriously ill with COVID-19.

We operated our respiratory care unit in Central Park from April 1 to May 5. Through our partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System, we treated more than 300 coronavirus patients in New York. More than 240 relief specialists served at various times on the Disaster Assistance Response Team there.

We ran a similar medical facility outside of Milan, Italy, that opened on March 20 and closed May 7. The 14-tent unit was set up adjacent to the Cremona Hospital in order to treat an overflow of coronavirus patients. Our DC-8 aircraft made two airlifts to Italy in order to deliver the hospital, 20 tons of supplies, and a large Disaster Assistance Response Team.

All patients under Samaritan’s Purse care have now been discharged in both Italy and New York City, and we are in the process of decontaminating and packing up the tents. We are thankful that the surge in COVID-19 hospital admissions is finally reaching manageable levels.

Samaritan’s Purse teams, including doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel, worked on the frontlines in two of the worst affected areas in the world.

From Australia to Italy

On April 9, Samaritan’s Purse Australia and New Zealand deployed two Disaster Assistance Relief Team members from Australia to support the Field Hospital treating coronavirus patients in Cremona, Italy. On April 12, three more Australian medical professionals joined the team. The Australians served alongside our international team of over 70 doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals on the ground to continue providing critical relief to the overwhelmed Cremona Hospital.

“A lot of caution is needed; sense and sensibility is needed. But I can’t wait to get on the ground and help make a difference. I’m looking forward to be working alongside some of the best in the world and to be working together as a professional body in Jesus’ Name,” said Tricia Miller, a lab technician from South Australia.

N95 Face Masks Donated to Westmead Children’s Hospital

Samaritan’s Purse also responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by donating personal protective equipment.

On April 9, we delivered 8,000 N95 masks to Westmead Children’s Hospital, NSW. The masks will be used by the hospital, cleaning and medical staff to protect themselves as they treat young patients amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

“We are so thankful, so grateful for these masks. The N95 masks are a vital piece of equipment to make sure that we’re safe when we’re caring for patients during this worldwide pandemic,” said Maricel, Westmead Children’s Hospital, Nurse.

Please pray for those sick with this coronavirus and their families around the world, and that this pandemic will soon come to an end.

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