HPU Student Volunteers at Local Hospital to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 16, 2020 – Will Payne, a High Point University junior and political science major, joined a group of volunteers at High Point Medical Center to set up assessment tents outside of the emergency department for patients experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

The Burlington, North Carolina, native felt inspired to volunteer his time after his father, who works in health care, mentioned the need for these tents to serve as a way to assess patients without having them enter the emergency department.

“I felt compelled to do something to help out medical workers who are on the front lines fighting against such a merciless enemy,” said Payne. “Also, having volunteered in Alamance Regional Medical Center’s emergency department during the summer of my high school years, I realized how stressful it can be to work in a fast-paced environment. By constructing the new tent, the hospital would have a way to keep the emergency department performing as efficiently as possible.”

Payne stands with a group of hospital workers and volunteers after building assessment tents outside of High Point Medical Center.

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