/ Modified apr 2, 2020 2:02 p.m.

Pima County calls for medical volunteers

The county is building database of volunteers with specific skills to help amid an expected surge in COVID-19 patients..

Pima County has begun to call for volunteers to be ready when an anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients begins to develop in Arizona.

The county has begun building a database of volunteers with specific skills it can call upon to help fight the coronavirus. Critically needed: nurses with intensive care and emergency department experience.

Keith Boesen is chair of the Medical Care Reserves Board.

“Right now we’re anticipating a shortage of those with specific critical care background," he said.

State health officials have warned of a spike in cases later this month.

“There’s no way to predict right now how bad it might get in Arizona or in certain parts of Arizona," he said. The county is also asking for volunteers to work with faith-based groups and with the county’s health department. Volunteers can apply online.

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