First Responders

On March 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted guidance that applies to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19.  The site with guidance can be located here: Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States 

The CDC issued easy-to-follow directions in regards to the sequence for putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  The document can be found here: Personal Protection Equipment - Donning & Doffing Sequences.

The CDC released an easy-to-follow one page document that explains what healthcare personnel should know about caring for persons with confirmed or possible Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Workforce Maintenance Policy and Procedure

Pursuant to the Emergency Proclamation of the 16th day of March 2020, N-27-20, by Governor Gavin Newsom, the following procedure is recommended to implement subsection 3 of the Order concerning maintaining medical workforce necessary to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Workforce Maintenance Policy and Procedure can be located here: Workforce Maintenance Policy and Procedure

EMS Personnel Guidance Policy

The EMS Personnel Guidance Policy is to implement the executive order the Governor issued regarding EMS licensure, certification and training. In order to implement the Governor’s order waiving statutory and regulatory requirements for EMS Personnel to ensure the continued operation of emergency medical services, the EMS Authority is directing the California EMS System consisting of local EMS agencies, certifying entities, EMS providers and employers, paramedics, AEMTS and EMTs to implement the actions. The EMS Personnel Guidance Policy can be found here: EMS Personnel Guidance Policy