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Handling Employee (fire, EMT, paramedic, police officer) Exposure to COVID-19

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Reviewed Date: September 24, 2020

Original Author: 
Wolf, Dennis
Date of Material: 
Mar 22, 2020


Subjects:
Personnel--Health and safety--Infectious diseases

Handling Employee (fire, EMT, paramedic, police officer) Exposure to COVID-19

Summary: 
MTAS advice on what to do if an employee (firefighter, EMT, paramedic, police officer, etc.) has close contact to a COVID-19 positive patient, to a patient that is suspected of having COVID-19, or to a patient exhibiting respiratory distress symptom.

MTAS has received several requests for information on what to do if an employee (firefighter, EMT, paramedic, police officer, etc.) has close contact to a COVID-19 positive patient, to a patient that is suspected of having COVID-19, or to a patient exhibiting respiratory distress symptoms. Our advice has been that if the person having close contact was wearing all recommended PPE properly, the contact would not be counted as an exposure and the person could continue to work.

Attached is a resource received from the Saratoga County, New York, EMS Department. This policy has more details on this practice and a recommendation for those workers with close contact to self-monitor for symptoms at least twice daily. (updated 4/15/2020)


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