LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - EMS and frontline workers across the state are preparing for a spike in COVID-19 cases after the holidays.
According to content partner KARK, a medical transportation company had to relocate patients out of state to even out beds.
CEO of ProMed Ambulance and Governor of Affairs Chairman for the Arkansas Ambulance Association Ken Kelley said they’ve even transported patients from Jonesboro to St. Louis, from El Dorado to Houston, and Lake Village to Jackson, Mississippi.
Kelley said ProMed’s COVID-19 related transports have increased since Thanksgiving and they are bracing for the next surge.
“We don’t see the caseload decreasing, we only continue to see the levels increase unless we begin to get more people vaccinated, and we have people paying attention to the masking and social distancing guidelines,” Kelley said.
Kelley said that ProMed receives at least two calls a day to transport a patient to a different hospital or out of state.