Weslaco (Texas)-The Weslaco Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services has a new response team that is dedicated to infectious diseases.
On Thursday, Governor Gregg Abbott suspended all regulations to increase emergency medical services allowing those not certified to perform medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Weslaco Fire Lieutenant, Rich Stubbs, says although his team is certified , they weren’t anticipating to launch this soon.
” So what we did was we took one of our support units added all the personal protective equipment on it and now that unit is going to respond first to anybody who can possibly have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.” Stubbs said.
As of April 2, 4 case have been confirmed in the city of Weslaco. Stubbs says the department wants to assure hospitals are not overwhelmed and are doing everything to prevent the spread.
Only one ambulance is assigned to respond to all COVID-19 related calls.