COVID-19 Italy Response Press Kit

Samaritan's Purse is the first international organization to provide emergency medical relief to families impacted by the deadly COVID-19 outbreak in northern Italy. The international Christian relief organization deployed its Emergency Field Hospital and more than 60 disaster response specialists—including doctors, nurses, lab technicians, water and sanitation specialists, and other support staff—to set up outside of Milan, Italy, where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical capacity. The 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital has a unique layout with specialized respiratory equipment to provide the highest level care to patients who are suffering from the virus.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Intensive Care Unit was full less than 24 hours after the field hospital opened. Teams pray for patient's recovery and are working around the clock to bring critical care to those affected by the deadly virus.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Samaritan's Purse team members pray for COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit of the Emergency Field Hospital.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Samaritan's Purse has more than 60 disaster response specialists on the ground in Italy. Teams are working around the clock to bring critical care to patients affected by the virus.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Disaster response specialists use makeshift wooden bridges to transport and disinfect items between the contaminated and clean zones at the Emergency Field Hospital.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital is uniquely designed to provide the highest level of respiratory care to patients who are suffering from COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital is uniquely designed to provide the highest level of respiratory care to patients who are suffering from COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Disaster response specialists from around the world are bringing critical relief to COVID-19 patients in Cremona, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

About two-thirds of all coronavirus deaths in Italy have been in the Lombardy region where Cremona Hospital is located. Samaritan's Purse is working alongside the hospital to provide surge capacity and treat COVID-19 victims.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Disaster response specialists from around the world are bringing critical relief to COVID-19 patients in Cremona, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Disaster response nurse Kelly Sites prepares to provide critical relief to COVID-19 patients at the Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Disaster response specialists are working tirelessly to support the local hospital and provide critical relief to COVID-19 patients in Cremona, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Disaster response specialists use makeshift wooden bridges to transport and disinfect items between the contaminated and clean zones at the Emergency Field Hospital.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

On March 20, the Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital opened in Cremona, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

On March 20, Samaritan’s Purse doctors and nurses began treating patients at the Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

On March 20, Samaritan’s Purse doctors and nurses began treating patients at the Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital is designed to be customizable, which means that each response is unique and tailored to the needs of the people in a disaster-stricken area.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy utilizes a new layout and specialized equipment to provide the highest level of respiratory care to patients who are suffering from the coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital is set up in Cremona, Italy, where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical infrastructure, leaving many families without access to critical care.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Less than 24 hours after the Emergency Field Hospital opened in Italy, the Intensive Care Unit was full with patients suffering from COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy utilizes a new layout and specialized equipment to provide the highest level of respiratory care to patients who are suffering from the virus.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Less than 24 hours after the Emergency Field Hospital opened in Italy, the Intensive Care Unit was full with patients suffering from COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

A nurse checks a patient's feeding tube in the Intensive Care Unit of the Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Medical staff at the Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy, care for coronavirus patients in the Intensive Care Unit.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Medical staff at the Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy, care for coronavirus patients in the Intensive Care Unit.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The respiratory care unit provides critical surge capacity to the local hospital, including the initial screening, triage, and testing before providing patients with critical care.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital is staffed by more than 60 disaster response specialists including doctors, nurses, lab technicians, water and sanitation specialists, and additional support staff.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The mobile hospital has a unique layout with specialized respiratory equipment to provide the highest level care to patients who are suffering from the virus.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital has a unique layout with specialized respiratory equipment to provide the highest level care to patients who are suffering from the virus.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The 68-bed respiratory care unit is set up in the parking lot of the Cremona hospital, providing surge capacity to COVID-19 patients in northern Italy where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical infrastructure.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The 68-bed respiratory care unit is set up in the parking lot of the Cremona Hospital, to help care for an overflow of COVID-19 patients in northern Italy where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical infrastructure.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Disaster response specialists set up the Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, about 50 miles outside of Milan, to help care for an overflow of COVID-19 patients in northern Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital is customizable to provide emergency relief in disaster-stricken areas where medical infrastructure is damaged, overwhelmed, or nonexistent.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital is customizable to provide emergency relief in disaster-stricken areas where medical infrastructure is damaged, overwhelmed, or nonexistent.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Italian Air Force and Lombardy Region Civil Protection volunteers worked alongside Samaritan's Purse to set up the Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital has a unique layout with specialized respiratory equipment to provide the highest level of care to patients who are suffering from the virus.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Italian Air Force and Lombardy Region Civil Protection volunteers worked alongside Samaritan's Purse to set up the Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Italian Air Force and Lombardy Region Civil Protection volunteers worked alongside Samaritan's Purse to set up the Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The 68-bed respiratory care unit is set up in the parking lot of the Cremona Hospital, to provide surge capacity and treat COVID-19 patients in northern Italy where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical infrastructure.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital has a unique layout with specialized respiratory equipment to provide the highest level care to patients who are suffering from the virus.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The 68-bed respiratory care unit is set up in the parking lot of the Cremona Hospital, to provide surge capacity and treat COVID-19 patients in northern Italy where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical infrastructure.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Emergency Field Hospital is mobile and ready for rapid deployment to provide emergency relief in disaster-stricken areas where medical infrastructure is damaged, overwhelmed, or nonexistent.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Samaritan's Purse airlifted a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital and 32 disaster response specialists including respiratory therapists, doctors and nurses to aid thousands affected by the Coronavirus in Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Samaritan's Purse airlifted a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital and 32 disaster response specialists including respiratory therapists, doctors and nurses to aid thousands affected by the Coronavirus in Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The DC-8 cargo plane carried more than 20 tons of medical equipment to northern Italy—including a specialized respiratory care unit developed specifically in response to COVID-19, and 32 disaster response specialists including respiratory therapists, doctors, and nurses.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

On March 17, Samaritan's Purse airlifted a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital and 32 disaster response specialists including respiratory therapists, doctors and nurses to aid thousands affected by the Coronavirus in Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

On March 17, Samaritan's Purse airlifted a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital and 32 disaster response specialists including respiratory therapists, doctors and nurses to aid thousands affected by the Coronavirus in Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

On March 17, Samaritan's Purse airlifted a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital and 32 disaster response specialists including respiratory therapists, doctors and nurses to aid thousands affected by the Coronavirus in Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Samaritan's Purse DC-8 cargo plane will airlift a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital to aid families impacted by the Coronavirus in northern Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital is mobile and ready for rapid deployment to provide emergency relief in disaster-stricken areas where medical infrastructure is damaged, overwhelmed or nonexistent. The hospital will be airlifted along with 32 disaster response specialists to aid those impacted by the Coronavirus outside Milan, Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Samaritan's Purse DC-8 aircraft will carry a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital and a team of 32 disaster response specialists to aid thousands impacted by the Coronavirus in Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Samaritan’s Purse is the first international organization to provide emergency medical relief to families impacted by the deadly COVID-19 outbreak in northern Italy.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital will be set up outside of Milan, Italy, where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical capacity.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital is mobile and ready for rapid deployment to provide emergency relief in disaster-stricken areas where medical infrastructure is damaged, overwhelmed or nonexistent.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Samaritan's Purse is setting up a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital outside of Milan, Italy to provide life-saving care as many suffer from COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Italy Response March 2020

Samaritan's Purse is airlifting a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital and 32 disaster response specialists including respiratory therapists, doctors and nurses to aid thousands affected by the Coronavirus in Italy.

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Press Releases
Mar. 20

Samaritan's Purse Opens Emergency Field Hospital in Northern Italy; Bringing Life-Saving Surge Capacity

The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital, specially equipped with a respiratory care unit, opened in Cremona, Italy. Read full Press Release

Mar. 16

Samaritan's Purse Responding to COVID-19 Crisis in Italy

DC-8 Cargo Plane To Airlift Emergency Field Hospital, Medical Team, and Critical Aid Read full Press Release

Approved Quotes
  • Franklin Graham

    March 20

    “The situation in Italy is desperate. The hospitals are overrun and people are dying,” said Franklin Graham, “We are called to respond in hard places. That's why our team of disaster response specialists are on the front lines—providing life-saving medical care and sharing God's love to people who are hurting.”

  • Edward Graham

    March 17

    “It is important to go to Italy. They are overwhelmed and on fire from this virus,” said Edward Graham, assistant to the vice president of programs and government relations. “This is what we do. We share the hope of Jesus Christ in a time of crisis.”

  • Kelly Suter

    March 18

    “They've felt abandoned. They've felt helpless. They’ve been looking for a miracle and they are absolutely beyond grateful that we're here and ready to fight alongside them,” said Kelly Suter, medical director of the Emergency Field Hospital on the ground in Cremona, Italy.

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