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First Of Two MMUs Arrives In Douglas County To Battle COVID-19

Douglas County

Douglas County has a new tool against COVID-19: a mobile medical unit that’s the first of two arriving this month, according to commissioners.


The 45-foot, 35,000 pound vehicle was purchased with federal CARES Act Grant money for rural health initiatives.

Dubbed “MOBILE ONE”, this unit -and the other- will be administered by Aviva Health. Both feature medical clinics with reception areas and outfitted patient rooms.  Staff expect to bring health services and testing to high-need areas of Douglas County. 

One will be used as a cough and fever clinic, while the other will become a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. 

As of noon today (12/3) Douglas County has pushed past the 1,000 mark with 1,010 cases. November saw 589 cases in the county, which makes up over 61% percent of total COVID cases since the first one was reported in early March. 

19 people have also died in Douglas County from COVID-19 this year.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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