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Military gifts for the treatment of potential patients of Bell Medical Center Tent Cove 19.

Bulls Medical Center uses an Air Force tent to keep patients related to Cove 19 away from others.  From left, Dr. Dave Baldwin, Flight Sergeant Scott Cameron and Dr. Ken Young.

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Bulls Medical Center uses Air Force tents to keep patients related to Cove 19 away from others. From left, Dr. Dave Baldwin, Flight Sergeant Scott Cameron and Dr. Ken Young.

A military base and a health clinic are working together to keep Cove 19 away from their community with a simple tent.

The Delta variant, discovered in a community case in Auckland on Tuesday, launched a nationwide alert level 4 lockdown. It affected 31 people in Auckland and Wellington as of Friday afternoon.

Bills Medical Center needs to find a way to see patients who may be infected with the virus strain or have respiratory illnesses without endangering others.

As a former Air Force doctor, Dr. Dave Hassan knew that help at the base was in the corner.

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Dr. Dave Baldwin says the center needs a safe place to examine patients with potential Covid 19.

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Dr. Dave Baldwin says the center needs a safe place to examine patients with potential Covid 19.

The base’s airman conducted an exercise at the center last week, set up a holding tent for patients in case of an emergency, and knocked on the door of every community with Covid 19, to allow Hassan to assess the potential victim. Patient asked to return as safe place.

“Living in an epidemic like this is mind boggling, we never thought we would get it and how we would take care of it,” Hassan said.

“[But] The problem with this delta type is that it’s not just breathing. Anything that makes you suspicious, we have to keep them out.

“Covid is like a bloody war, we don’t know where it’s going, so we’re investigating.”

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A case of Covid 19 that came back from New South Wales and came to MIQ is the origin of the current epidemic.

He said the tent was set up by the airman on Wednesday and used a handful of times for patients, but he was preparing for any upcoming case.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, we’re all just feeling our way, but we’re very grateful to know that we have those resources …”

Flight Sergeant Scotty Cameron said the base needs to help the center because it is an important resource for their community.

“Many of the people at the base have families on their bills, and these are their partners, their children, who come through this medical center,” Cameron said.

Flight Sergeant Scott Cameron checks the tent's integrity.

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Flight Sergeant Scott Cameron checks the tent’s integrity.

“They help us with our families, we help them.”

Group Captain Robert Shearer was happy that the Air Force could help a little, but with a significant benefit to the township.

“Normally everyone is welcome, but with Quaid, this is the last thing you want to do with them.

“Working with the community to deliver better health outcomes is exactly what we should do if we want to be a good force.”

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