AUSTIN, Texas - The Austin EMS Association has started a relief fund after an EMS medic became the first confirmed positive case within the city's public safety team.
"This case highlights the truth about the risks medics face every day in the service to its city," wrote Austin EMS Associaton President Selena Xie.
The association established the relief fund to help those medics who have been "sidelined" during the spread of the coronavirus.
"As a union, we are working with the city and have rallied our own resources to take care of our medics who have fallen ill, been quarantined or are unable to work due to COVID-19," Xie wrote.
The tax-deductible relief fund will go towards helping medics with the costs that they may face while fighting coronavirus.
"We cannot thank the community enough for the outpouring of support we have already received. Please know that we will continue to show up every day to fight this disease, for you and for your families. We will overcome this disaster, with EMS leading the way," Xie wrote.
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