Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri is tripling the number of mutual aid ambulances that provide long-haul patient transfers to help reduce the rising COVID-19 caseloads straining hospitals. Thirty ambulances and more than 60 trained personnel were scheduled to begin arriving in five regions of the state as of Friday.

The new ambulance strike teams, provided in response to a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, include 20 advanced life-support ambulances, five basic life-support ambulances, five specialty care ambulances, and required medical and support personnel. The teams are tasked with operating anywhere there is a critical need in Missouri through Sept. 5. The northeast Missouri region is one of the five regions covered.