Los Angeles County COVID-19 Response

Samaritan's Purse is responding to the COVID-19 crisis in Los Angeles County—deploying a 50-plus bed Emergency Field Hospital to Lancaster, California. In partnership with Antelope Valley Hospital, this field hospital will provide desperately needed surge capacity. The L.A. County deployment marks the fifth Emergency Field Hospital response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Press Releases

  • Jan. 16

    Samaritan’s Purse Opens Southern California Emergency Field Hospital

    Today, Samaritan's Purse opened an Emergency Field Hospital in Lancaster, California, as coronavirus cases are at a critical level—with reports showing one virus-related death every six minutes in Los Angeles County.

  • Jan. 11

    Samaritan's Purse Deploys Emergency Field Hospital to Southern California

    Samaritan’s Purse is responding to the coronavirus outbreak in Southern California—deploying an Emergency Field Hospital in Lancaster to support the region’s overwhelmed healthcare system.

Fact Sheets

Key Quotes

  • Franklin Graham

    President of Samaritan’s Purse

    “As COVID cases are still on the rise, we are deploying a second Emergency Field Hospital in the U.S.—this time to California. We have the opportunity to help relieve some of the pressure from the healthcare system in Lancaster, and we’re thankful our team can come alongside them. Please pray for the frontline workers fighting COVID every single day.”

  • Edward Graham

    Assistant to the Vice President of Programs and Government Relations for Samaritan’s Purse

    “It’s important that Samaritan’s Purse responds because we have doctors and nurses who come from all over the country who want to serve in the Name of Jesus Christ. They are talented and well—experienced in fighting COVID and other infectious diseases. They bring their talents to come here and treat patients—meeting the immediate medical needs first.”

  • Kelly Sites

    Medical Director of the California Emergency Field Hospital

    “Samaritan’s Purse deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to Los Angeles County, California to come and partner with the Antelope Valley Hospital. We are in a parking lot setting up a respiratory care unit, which will help take the pressure off of the hospital who is overwhelmed right now with COVID patients. We would love your prayer for the hospital staff who are so tired—overwhelmed with COVID patients and a very high death toll in this area. We would also love prayer for our patients, that we love them in Jesus’ Name as we give them quality care.”

  • Ed Mirzabegian

    Antelope Valley Hospital CEO

    “We are grateful for the support provided by Samaritan’s Purse, as we anticipate another surge of COVID patients in the coming weeks, the help couldn’t have been more timely. We have also been humbled by the support of the community, as volunteers help set up tents and bring in supplies needed for the field hospital. We have faith that together we will overcome this.”

  • R. Rex Parris

    Lancaster Mayor

    “When we heard Samaritan's Purse was willing to help us with the current COVID-19 crisis, I was beyond thankful. Samaritan's Purse is a Christian organization that helps those in need around the world. They have been instrumental in responding worldwide to this pandemic, and we are fortunate to have their support here in the City of Lancaster. God is so good.”


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