Ambulance staff hampered by positive COVID-19 tests

Updated: Feb 3

MOUND CITY – American Medical Response (AMR), Linn County's ambulance service, has been dealing with COVID-19 case outbreaks among its staff.

In his weekly report to the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, Jan. 24., AMR Operations Manager Galen said that over the past week, three full-time employees and one part-time employee had tested positive for COVID.

“It’s the biggest cluster of COVID cases we have had during the pandemic for the small group of employees in Linn County,” said Anderson.

But it is not unexpected, one to two weeks ago, there were 14 out of 90 AMR employees in the Kansas City metro area that tested positive, now there are just one or two. Luckily, they were all mild cases, said Anderson.

Anderson told the commissioners that AMR has sent one employee to Vermont for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployment and will potentially be sending an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and a paramedic for deployment to Colorado. He said it was a part of the company’s missions and values to help out other areas. He said that would not affect any of the staffing in Linn County.

Year to date there have been 37 transports in Linn County, 11 of those this past week, reported Anderson.

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