Medical aid group Sanitas has been helping people in need since the outbreak broke out in January.
It is the first group to have a full-time volunteer force, and a new app has been created to help them stay connected and organized.
“We have been working closely with our partners at Sanitas Medical Center and local hospitals, as well as our community partners, to ensure we have all the resources we need to help those in need,” said Chris Johnson, chief operating officer for the Sanitas medical aid group.
“This is a very complex situation and we need everyone’s help.”
The app, called Sanitas Navigator, uses a virtual reality headset to track the location of people in distress and allows users to share their location with friends or family.
“When you get to a place where someone is not being helped, it’s like, ‘I need help.’
It’s really easy to share with a family member, friends or other family members.
It’s a lot easier for us to get to people,” Johnson said.
“With Navigator you can see your current location, how far away they are, the time of day, the weather, how close they are to the nearest shelter, and what the shelter’s hours are.”
Sanitas offers a 24/7 mobile team that responds to emergency calls, and they can help people locate family, friends and other people.
People can also share their own location, and Sanitas can provide other support, like providing information on shelters or food distribution.
“There are a lot of things that we need,” Johnson added.
“Our goal is to reach as many people as we can to make sure everyone is safe and is getting the help they need.”
The first wave of the pandemic hit in early January, and the number of deaths and injuries has spiked, with many of the homeless being the first casualties.
The medical aid organization is also looking to reach out to other groups who may be struggling to cope.
“The emergency services need help, and we want to do all we can so that everyone can get through the next phase of this pandemic and survive,” Johnson explained.
“I don’t think there’s a better way to do that than to partner with other community groups and provide the resources.”
For more information, visit SanitasNavigator.com.