GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — The City of Geneva is believed to be one of the first in the state to use Federal Covid-19 cares act money to buy an ambulance.
On average, Geneva EMS has been transporting 5-to-10 seriously ill covid patients weekly to hospitals as far away as Jacksonville, Florida, Pensacola, and Mobile.
Closer health facilities are simply full or don’t have the staff to treat these patients.
With the additional miles, the city’s ambulances are being “worn” out. Mayor David Hayes says his city will be one of the first statewide to use a portion of its Federal Covid dollars to buy an additional ambulance.
Mayor Hayes says “unfortunately we’ve been having to run patients 5, 7, 10 every few days. Lots going on. We’ve almost exhausted that rescue, and what better way to spend that money on a service that we already got.”
Geneva EMS Director Cindy Campbell says the number of COVID-19 patients being transported 200 miles away from the city has simply worn out the ambulances.”
Campbell said the patients are going to a higher level of care, and the city is transporting patients 200 miles away.
In addition, to a new ambulance cares act money is being used to purchase state-of-the-art
security equipment for city hall.
Hayes said the ambulance and new security equipment should add up to around 220-thousand dollars.