The Hamilton County Health Dept. recently purchased a health incident trailer to respond to the rise in COVID-19 cases. The trailer is equipped with solar charging and UV disinfectant lights, is ADA accessible and is able to provide testing, PPE distribution, incident command and vaccinations when available.
“This trailer gives us the ability to be anywhere in the county we are needed,” stated Christian Walker, emergency preparedness coordinator for the Hamilton County Health Dept. “As a self-contained unit we can provide COVID-19 testing in Midtown Carmel and vaccinations in downtown Sheridan within just a few hours’ notice.”
The trailer was designed by JHB Group, Inc., a firefighter-owned and operated small business in the suburbs of Chicago. JHB is in the process of making at least 30 more trailers for health departments across the nation. The cost of the $85,000 trailer was largely covered by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
“We purchased the trailer to respond to the pandemic, but it will be a great resource for our community many years from now,” Walker stated. “We have already talked with the Noblesville Fire Dept. about using it as a first-aid station for the 4-H Fair and the Westfield Fire Dept. has expressed interest in using it during Colts Training Camp at Grand Park.”
The Hamilton County Health Dept. began using the trailer as a fourth COVID-19 testing facility Nov. 30. It will be at the health department’s north parking lot at 18030A Foundation Dr, Noblesville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment for a test, visit scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/Home/LocationSelection.