COVID-19 Information

CSEMS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Protocol Revised 3.24.2020

-COVID-19 Protocol Quick Reference Flowchart

Coronavirus – 2019 (COVID-19)

The Office of EMS continues to monitor the ongoing situation regarding the spread of COVID-19. Information on various topics related to the COVID-19. This includes personal protective equipment, decontamination, signs and symptoms, and other information designed to assist public safety agencies in responding to this incident.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases.

CDC – Recommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare Settings – NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic

This document recommends practices for extended use and limited reuse of NIOSH-certified N95 filtering facepiece respirators (commonly called “N95 respirators”). The recommendations are intended for use by professionals who manage respiratory protection programs in healthcare institutions to protect health care workers from job-related risks of exposure to infectious respiratory illnesses.

Alternate Strategies for PPE in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

These crisis capacity or alternate strategies accompany and build on the conventional and contingency capacity strategies. The following measures are not commensurate with current U.S. standards of care. However, individual measures or a combination of these measures may need to be considered during periods of expected or known N95 respirator shortages.

Additional Reading References and Guides:

Research Articles

Features, Evaluation and Treatment Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Novel Coronavirus COVID-19: An Overview for Emergency Clinicians – EXTRA Supplement

Provider Guidance

Accreditation, Certification & Education (ACE) Division Briefing Room

COVID-19 Protocol Scan Card – Quick Reference wallet size card with QR Code linked to the latest COVID-19 Protocol

CDC Guidelines Cleaning EMS Transport Vehicles

CDC Guidance for EMS

Cleaning EMS Transport Vehicles after Transporting a PUI or Patient with Confirmed COVID-19

Drug Box Decontamination Process for CSEMS

EPA Approved COVID-19 Disinfectant List

Managing Stress associated with COVID-19 – CDC Guidance for Patients and Caregivers

Virginia Department of Health – Virginia Department of Health public information line: 1-877-ASK-VDH3

Presentations and Videos

COVID-Update- March 17 Webinar Live Recording

CDC Link COVID-19 Donning and Doffing PPE