Not long after midnight in Detroit, Michigan, another call came in. EMT Kelly Hornik heard the radio chirp and looked down at the laptop next to her in the ambulance as she was driving. The screen glowed red.
“Emergency pending,” a digitized voice said over the radio.
“That’s us,” Hornik said to her partner, Ray Vanhevel, who was sitting in the back of the rig. “We’ve got a call.”
Dispatchers had scant information on what the medics should expect when they arrived on site of the emergency, only that it was a man with a high-grade fever. A few months ago, a call like that would’ve been a breeze to handle.
Now it means gearing up to face COVID-19.
Watch “Fighting Coronavirus on the Streets of Detroit” above and read the story at VICE.
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