Coronavirus – 2019 (COVID-19)

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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.

The following information is included on this page:

Office of EMS specific information

  • Testing and Provider Certification
  • Regulation and Compliance

General COVID-19 Disease Information

  • CDC Guidance for EMS for Response to COVID-19
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Healthcare Provider Exposure
  • COVID-19 in Virginia
  • Travel Information
  • Additional Websites
  • Printable Educational Materials

Division of Accreditation, Certification & Education


Paper Certification Cards Will Be Delayed 30 Days at a Minimum

    • OEMS staff will not have access to our building to print and mail certification cards as the Commonwealth’s Mail Services will be affected.
    • Provider certifications can be verified online at the following URL: https://vdhems.vdh.virginia.gov/emsapps/ProviderSearch.html
    • All certification data on this website is real-time, up-to-date, valid and accurate.

Certifications

    • All certifications expiring March 31 and April 30 will be extended until June 30, 2020.

Continuing Education

National Registry

    • NREMT is also extending certifications expiring in March to June 30, 2020.
    • All psychomotor (CTS and NREMT) testing will be suspended, effective Monday, March 16 through April 30.
    • All test deadlines will be extended in accordance with the suspended test sites

Regulation & Compliance


EMS Agency Licenses and Permits

    • MS Agency licenses and vehicle permits that expire March 31 through June 30, 2020 will be automatically extended to December 31, 2020.
    • Operational Medical Directors & Physician Course Directors whose endorsement expires March 31 through June 30, 2020 will be automatically extended to December 31, 2020.

General COVID-19 Disease Information


Guidance for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP)

    • PSAP screening guidance
    • CDC Guidance for PSAP
    • EMS Infectious Disease Playbook

CDC Guidance for EMS Response to COVID-19

    • Guidance for EMS and Public Safety Answering Points
    • Infection Prevention & Control Recommendations
    • Healthcare supply of Personal Protective Equipment
    • Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE
    • Risk Assessment & Public Health Management of Exposure in a Healthcare Setting

Signs and Symptoms

Healthcare Provider Exposure to Coronavirus

COVID-19 in Virginia

COVID-19 Testing and Confirmed Case Counts in Virginia – http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/
COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard (UVA) http://nssac.bii.virginia.edu/covid-19/dashboard/

Travel Information

Travelers Returning from High Risk Countries with Widespread Sustained (Ongoing) Transmission Arriving in the United States https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html

COVID-19 risk assessment by country https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Webinar Resources

Webinar – Coronavirus Update for EMS (as of March 17, 2020)

Webinar Slides (PDF) – Coronavirus Update for EMS (as of March 17, 2020)

Webinar – Coronavirus Update – Regional Councils – 03-27-20

Webinar – Coronavirus Update – Regional Councils – 04-03-20

Webinar Slides (PDF) – Coronavirus Update – Regional Councils – 04-03-20

Additional Websites


Suggested websites containing up-to-date COVID-19 information.

Printable Materials