Forward Watch, January 15
Team Rubicon’s ability to support COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues to grow.
COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have surpassed 23.2 million and continue to increase rapidly. Healthcare systems across the county are strained by the number of people hospitalized with COVD-19, which now exceeds 130,000.
Local communities are facing resource constraints and logistical challenges that have resulted in approximately 36% of available COVID-19 vaccine doses being administered.
Vaccine Distribution Support
Team Rubicon is partnering with public, non-profit, and private healthcare agencies to assist with the rapid distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in every way possible.
Vaccine distribution support services being provided include:
- Site Administration – setup and management of points of distribution, traffic control, and patient check in.
- Logistical Support – warehouse operations, inventory management, documentation, and additional wraparound tasks at points of distribution and secondary sites.
- Clinical Decompression – pre-vaccination screening of patients and observing patients for negative reactions after the vaccine has been administered.
- Volunteer Management – vetting and registering volunteers from partner organizations, training volunteers in agreed upon methods of operation, scheduling and assigning tasks as needed.
These services can all be adapted to fixed facilities, drive-thru sites, and fully mobile delivery. The experience that Team Rubicon gained from conducting 247 food support operations and 25 testing site support operations throughout 2020 is being directly applied to this new mission.
Active COVID-19 Response Operations
Team Rubicon is assisting the Maricopa County Department of Public Health in support of their COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Greyshirts are serving in their Unified Command Center as volunteer coordinators and at the Abrazo West Hospital point of distribution where they are acting as volunteer liaisons with the county’s medical reserve corps.
To date, this operation has supported the vaccination of 14,772 people in Maricopa County.
Greyshirts deployed to the Tuscon Medical Center continue to help the Pima County Health Department administer COVID-19 vaccines by serving as general responders at two drive-thru points of distribution.
To date, Greyshirts have supported the vaccination of 9,235 people in Pima County.
Greyshirts are assisting the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management by providing logistical support to the seven vaccine points of distribution located at the Chicago City Colleges.
To date, this operation has supported the vaccination of 1,151 people in the city of Chicago.
The Indian Health Service requested Team Rubicon’s assistance to provide relief to healthcare workers after an increase of COVID-19 related hospitalizations at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. Begining on November 25, Greyshirts have been performing duties in emergency rooms and at testing sites.
On December 15, Greyshirt Terri Whitson, a nurse and Navy veteran, administered the first rounds of COVID-19 vaccinations to the Gallup Indian Medical Center’s medical staff.
To date, Greyshirts have seen 3,130 patients, helped give over 1,500 COVID-19 tests, and administered 265 vaccinations.
Carson City, NV
Greyshirts assisting the Quad County Public Health Department and the Carson City Fire Department have pivoted from supporting COVID-19 testing to supporting COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
To date, this operation has supported the vaccination of 1,308 people in Quad County.
From December 22–31 Team Rubicon assisted the Teton County Department of Health in their rollout of a COVID-19 vaccination site. Greyshirts have been redeployed to perform administrative duties, patient check-in, and traffic control at the Department of Health’s point of distribution.
To date, this operation has supported the vaccination of 310 people in Teton County.
New Disaster Relief Operations
In December, a structure fire broke out in Silverado Canyon and expanded into an uncontrolled wildfire that burnt 6,686 acres before being contained. The blaze destroyed 31 buildings and left 21 more badly damaged.
Much of the burned area is on steep, unstable terrain, creating conditions that could result in floods and mudslides during the next heavy rain.
Greyshirts are now on the ground providing debris removal services for residents affected by the fire and performing tasks that will mitigate the chances of a destructive flood.
Upcoming COVID-19 Response Operations
Team Rubicon is coordinating with Atrium Health to plan a COVID-19 vaccine distribution pilot program. Team Rubicon has previously partnered with Atrium Health to operate a COVID-19 testing site that administered 8,500 tests.
In response to a request for assistance from the Midland County Department of Public Health, Team Rubicon is the process of planning a COVID-19 vaccination site that will service residents of this community.