FAQ - Federal Medical Station
The Alternate Care Site is a coordinated effort between federal, state, and local agencies and is staffed by the California National Guard and the California Medical Assistance Team (CAL-MAT), both of which are State-run programs.This facility is equipped with 80 beds to provide treatment for low-acuity patients with COVID-19 from local hospitals.
The ACS was requested in response to the recent surge in patients in local hospitals. This effort is to respond to said surge of patients requiring hospitalization to relieve hospitals of some low-acuity patients positive with COVID-19.
The Alternate Care Site is located at the Imperial Valley College gymnasium.
No, taking videos and images of the FMS facility setup will not be permitted to protect the privacy rights and confidentiality of the patients. B-roll can be made available for media partners through the IVC staff.
Additional information related to the Federal Medical Station will be shared as it becomes available. For updated information on COVID-19 in Imperial County, visit http://www.icphd.org/health-information-and-resources/healthy-facts/covid-19/
No. The IVC campus will remain closed to the public. Perimeters will be set around the proximity of the IVC gym to restrict access to the public.
A team of engineers visited various locations within the county and conducted a series of assessments this month, ultimately the IVC gym was selected for establishment of the FMS as it met all requirements for the type of facility that was set up and location of campus is good access for logistical support.
The FMS opened on Monday, May 25th, for the transferring of low-acuity patients with COVID-19 from local hospitals. The initial plans for operation is to have the FMS set up for a month and the duration will be frequently revisited and evaluated.
Staffing is provided by two State-run programs: the California National Guard and the California Medical Assistance Team (CAL-MAT).
Low-acuity patients are those who are considered “less sick” with COVID-19. Patients can only be transferred from local hospitals if they have been discharged and sent directly to FMS for care.
No. The Federal Medical Station is not open to the public, nor for walk-ins or by appointments. The FMS is limited to 80 beds for low-acuity COVID-19 patients who have been discharged and transferred directly from local hospitals. Members of the public will not be able to access care directly at the FMS.
The Federal Medical Station is located at the Imperial Valley College gymnasium.