By Gail M. Williams
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent
Whether your symptoms are debilitating or mild, you can’t run out to the grocery store or the pharmacy when you’re quarantined for COVID-19.
Most people rely on family or friends to run errands and provide the necessities of life during quarantine. For those who have no one to help, Bailey County EMS occasionally steps in.
“We’ve been contacting patients locally,” said EMS Director Kevin Baize. “When we talk to them, we ask if there are any errands they need us to help them with. Some will leave money and a list in the mailbox.”
Baize said a few local entities, including the women’s shelter, have donated money to help.
“Ag Farm Credit donated cases of water, and the food pantry donated bags of dried goods to pass out to them,” he said.
Chief of Police Gary McHone mentioned that Susan Credle of McDonald’s donated gift cards toward buying meals for those under quarantine.
EMS employs about 28 workers.
“It’s kind of a voluntary service from those that work here,” Baize said. “Some of them have donated personal funds.”
Baize emphasized that EMS doesn’t have enough funding to advertise widely or to serve very many people.
“We don’t have the resources or funding for that, but it’s definitely there for those that need it,” he said. “We call every day to check up on them, and if they express needs during our visits with them, we try to fulfill them. We definitely want people to be able to quarantine safely.”
According to the Emergency Management Facebook site, active COVID cases in Bailey County stand at 29, a drop from a recent report of 39. Recovered cases stand at 179, positive cases at 213 and deaths at 5.