A whistleblower has informed KFOX14 that El Paso EMTs are being used to pick up COVID19 patients from the border with Juarez and bring them to El Paso hospitals.
This happens amid controversial measures of using police to enforce COVID19 restrictions, including contact tracing and quarantine.
The El Paso firefighters are not allowed to speak on record about this subject, but a whistleblower spoke to KFOX14 on condition of anonymity to inform the public of his concerns. KFOX14 reports:
“There’s somedays where it’s only three or four times and other days when it will be 13 or 14 responses. You’ll be there for one patient and [CBP] customs will let you know, hey there’s another one right behind them and another one sometime there are four or five waiting in line,” said the anonymous source.
KFOX14 is also reporting a stress on resources, including hospital room, making this much more worrisome. The whistleblower continued:
“I don’t want this to sound the wrong way because our job is to help people. That’s why we do our job. That’s why you leave your families to protect people. At the same time, we took an oath to protect the citizens and the city of El Paso. And multiple times in this pandemic we will be in a complete system overload where there are no rescues available. There are no ambulances available,” said the anonymous source.
AP is reporting that traffic between the twin cities of Juarez and El Paso is to be limited to essential travel:
The U.S. and Mexico agreed months ago to restrict cross-border traffic to essential activity, but there has been little evidence Mexico has blocked anyone from entering. Other Mexican border cities have complained about people entering from U.S. cities that are suffering from virus outbreaks.
While it is not out of the ordinary for El Paso EMTs to respond to the international bridge between the cities, it is causing delayed response time to COVID19 calls due to longer admittance times at the city hospitals.