Seattle, WA – (March 25, 2020) As drive-thru screening sites become a valuable resource in the fight against COVID-19, Medical Teams International has dispatched one of its many Mobile Dental Clinic vans to support testing at Swedish Hospital Issaquah, reducing the burden on the emergency room and helping to keep the hospital safe from the spread of the disease.
“As an international medical nonprofit, we don’t often see crisis in our own backyard,”
“But we are prepared and doing what we have done for 40 years in any emergency situation – we are taking action!”
Medical Teams’ Mobile Dental Clinic is the largest, all volunteer mobile dental clinic in the country, providing free dental service to those who need it the most. In addition to the mobile van now working at Swedish Issaquah Campus, the rest of the fleet is also being stripped and prepped so they are ready to serve as additional bases for mobile COVID-19 screening test sites across the Pacific Northwest.
Medical Teams has been quickly refocusing all of its programs and resources on preventing the spread of this disease — both locally in the US and around the world. In addition to repurposing the Mobile Dental Vans, Medical Teams recently shipped thousands of pieces of Personal Protective Equipment to hospitals in the US. In Bangladesh and Uganda, where they provide direct medical care, they are strengthening their existing health facilities to manage the increased caseload while treating and isolating patients, including testing for COVID-19. More about Medical Teams complete COVID-19 response can be found here.
About Medical Teams International
Founded in 1979, Medical Teams International provides life-saving medical care for people in crisis, such as survivors of natural disasters and refugees. We care for the whole person— physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Daring to love like Jesus, we serve all people—regardless of religion, nationality, sex or race. Because every person—no matter where they are or how desperate their situation—matters. Learn more at medicalteams.org and on social media using @medicalteams. For more information and donations for Medical Teams’ work on COVID-19, please visit https://www.medicalteams.org/how-we-heal/natural-disasters/covid-19-response/.