Coronavirus – 2019 (COVID-19) Resources

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LINKS BELOW ARE LIVE AND THE INFORMATION SHARED IN THEM IS UPDATED FREQUENTLY!

The Office of EMS continues to monitor the ongoing situation regarding the spread of COVID-19, including 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 in the tabs below under "Helpful COVID-19 Resources":

Office of EMS Specific Information 

  • Division of Community Health and Technical Assistance
    • EMS Transport to Alternate Sites White Paper
  • Division of Accreditation, Certification & Education
    • Certifications
    • Continuing Education
    • National Registry
    • National Registry & Virginia Provisional Certifications - (Advanced EMT and Paramedic ONLY!)
    • National Registry Cognitive Examinations
    • Certification Testing Changes - State and National Registry
  • Regulation and Compliance
    • Antigen Testing Guidance
    • Vaccine Administration Guidance
    • Immunization Guide for EMS Personnel in Virginia
    • Vaccination Toolkit for EMS Medical Directors

General COVID-19 Disease Information

  • Antigen Test Kit Expiration Date Memo New!
  • FAQ about EMS Workplaces and COVID-19 Restrictions/Precautions (06/09/21)
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance
  • National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • COVID-19 Mental Health Resources for First Responders
  • Guidance for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP)
  • CDC Guidance for EMS for Response to COVID-19
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Healthcare Provider Exposure
  • COVID-19 in Virginia
  • Additional Websites
  • Printable Educational Materials

Helpful COVID-19 Resources

Statewide Emergency Vendor List

The Emergency Vendor List includes vendors used by the Va. Dept. of Emergency Management (VDEM) and Va. Dept. of General Services – Division of Purchases & Supply (DPS) during a “state of public emergency”.  The list may be utilized to quickly obtain supplies and services to provide assistance to those in need.

Several vendors have been awarded contracts and the information can be found within the spreadsheet. For vendors that do not currently have a contract, use the list as a source of supply and procure in accordance with the Agency Procurement and Surplus Property Manual, Chapter 9 Emergency Procurement.

DPS does not endorse nor suggest any vendor appearing on the emergency vendor lists.  Agencies are required to conduct their own due diligence prior to procuring from any vendor listed.

https://dgs.virginia.gov/procurement/resources/eva-emergency-vendor-list/

Division of Community Health and Technical Assistance

EMS Transport to Alternate Sites White Paper

Division of Accreditation, Certification & Education

Certifications
  • Education Coordinator Candidate Eligibility Window - Due to Executive Orders 51, 63, 67 & 72 as amended, the Virginia Office of EMS will be extending the eligibility dates for Education Coordinator Candidates.  EC Candidates with an eligibility expiration of December 31, 2020 through December 31, 2021 will be extended until June 30, 2022.
  • Education Coordinator Certification Extension - Due to Executive Orders 51, 63, 67 & 72 as amended, the Virginia Office of EMS will be extending the Education Coordinator certification dates with an expiration date of December 31, 2020 through December 31, 2021 until June 30, 2022.

Regulation & Compliance

CDC Guidance for EMS Response to COVID-19

The following is a list of CDC guidelines for Healthcare providers (EMS included) during response to COVID-19.  Please remember to check these links frequently, as the links for the interim guidance are updated frequently.

Guidance for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP)

Communications Resources for PSAPs

COVID-19 information for PSAPs

For additional information or questions regarding PSAP guidance in COVID-19 response, please email Sam Burnette
Healthcare Provider Exposure to Coronavirus
  • Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2
  • If COVID-19 is identified, healthcare personnel are assessed and classified as high-, medium-, or low-risk depending on multiple factors
  • Exposure duration, patient symptoms, if patient was wearing facemask, aerosol-generating procedures, and type of PPE used by healthcare personnel
  • Recommendations for monitoring for COVID-19 and work restrictions depend on exposure risk classification
  • LHD will work with each facility to outline roles and responsibilities