Spencer Lt. deployed to assist COVID-19 response
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abigayle Lutz.
Hospitalman Bridgette Blanco (left) from Dallas, and Lt. Mary Bass from Spencer, Iowa, prepare medication for a patient aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) April 17.
Mercy was deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts, and serves as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals.
This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense's missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DOD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people.