Niagara EMS launches testing program for residents who cannot access COVID-19 assessment centres


Niagara EMS is launching an initiative to reach people who cannot get to a COVID-19 testing centre on their own.

Mobile Integrated Health Commander Karen Lutz Graul says a pair of specially trained paramedics will test people identified by Public Health officials.

"It's not really open for people to call us and say, 'Hey, can you come out test me?' It has to be at the direction of Public Health. We get a list of those individuals who can't get to a testing and assessment centre for one reason or another."

She says despite the inherent risk, many paramedics volunteered to take on the task.

"This really speaks to our staff here. They are willing to do whatever it takes to help everyone get through this. They are very willing to do this work."

Graul says the team is wearing special PPE, but she notes it does look a little 'space age.'