Coronavirus – 2019 (COVID-19)

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Statewide Emergency Vendor List

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

  • EMS Transport to Alternate Facilities
  • Testing and Provider Certification
  • Regulation and Compliance

General COVID-19 Disease 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
  • Travel Information
  • Additional Websites
  • Printable Educational Materials

Division of Community Health and Technical Assistance


Division of Accreditation, Certification & Education


Paper Certification Cards May Be Delayed

Certifications

    • Now that we have reached a more stable “new normal”, the Office of EMS Management Team has decided not to continue extending certification expiration dates effective June 1, 2020.  If a provider does not meet their required continuing education hours by the last day of their certification expiration month, the provider will go into reentry per our normal regulatory requirements.

Continuing Education

National Registry

    • NREMT Board of Directors has indicated they are not considering any further extension of certifications due to COVID-19 at this time.

National Registry & Virginia Provisional Certifications – (Advanced EMT and Paramedic ONLY!)

    • National Registry & Virginia have restarted the process of  scheduling NREMT psychomotor exams.
    • For those who were not able to take their NREMT psychomotor exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of the National Registry has approved the issuance of a provisional certification. In Virginia, this will only impact the Advanced EMT and Paramedic certification levels. A provisional National Registry certification is issued when a student:
      1. completes their certification program according to state or CoAEMSP requirements, and
      2. sits for and passes the National Registry cognitive exam.
      3. When these items are completed, a 2‐year provisional National Registry certification will be issued. The issued certification will clearly indicate the awarding of provisional certification pending completion of the psychomotor exam when successfully completed.
    • Provisional certifications can be converted to full certification once the COVID‐19 threat is mitigated and the student takes and passes their NREMT required psychomotor exam.
    • Virginia has begun accepting and likewise issuing provisional certifications cards when the National Registry transmits these results to us. Please see the sample provisional Virginia certification card. We are providing this sample to you so that you are aware of what we will be issuing during the COVID‐19 pandemic. The sample is highlighted to indicate the changes that will be made to certification cards issued under this provisional authority.
    • The issuance of a provisional certification by the Virginia Office of EMS is not reflective that the Office is restricting provider practice. The ability for a provider to practice is solely up to the EMS Agency and the agency’s Operational Medical Director. We are issuing provisional certifications as a means of ensuring that we have a mechanism to track these providers and ensure that they complete their certification process once the COVID‐19 threat is mitigated.
    • When being scheduled for work, National Registry strongly urges that no two provisionally certified providers work on the same truck. There should always be a fully certified provider riding with a provisionally certified provider.
    • Should a provider who was granted provisional Virginia certification based off of a National Registry provisional certification not fulfill the requirements of their National Registry certification, the Office of EMS will initiate the process of revocation of the provider’s certification in the Commonwealth.

National Registry Cognitive Examinations

    • NREMT currently offers two different options for taking the cognitive exams: face-to-face exams at a Pearson VUE Testing Center and remotely proctored exams making use of Pearson OnVUE.
      • Candidates, when applying for their cognitive exam have the opportunity to select whether they would like to take their exam face-to-face exams at a Pearson VUE Testing Center or a remotely proctored exam on Pearson OnVUE.
      • If a candidate decides to change their method of testing from face-to-face to Pearson OnVUE or vice versa, they can do so, however the issuance of a new ATT letter will take at least 24 hours to generate before they can then schedule the examination through the process they have chosen.

Certification Testing Changes – State and National Registry

BLS Certification Testing

          • Cognitive Exams – The National Registry is working to ramp up Pearson OnVUE Testing remotely proctored cognitive exams the BLS candidates.  For candidates who are unable to access testing at a Pearson Test Center due to lack of available seats, they can begin using Pearson OnVUE May, 12, 2020.  Please direct your candidates to learn more about Pearson OnVUE Remote Proctored Exams by visiting: https://home.pearsonvue.com/nremt/onvue
            • Pearson OnVUE remote proctoring will be temporary, however the National Registry is planning to implement a more permanent remote proctoring solution in 2021.
            • Once a candidate sits for and passes the National Registry Cognitive Exam, they will be issued a full National Registry and Virginia certification.
          • Psychomotor Exams – After careful consideration, the Office of EMS Management Team has decided to cancel all further Consolidated Testing at the BLS level through December 31, 2020 due to Executive Order 51, 53 & 55.  With so many unknown factors in the months ahead and the amount of advanced planning and commitment required to hold a CTS, we determined cancellation to be in the best interest of the health, safety and well-being of all participants.Students will receive guidance from their Course Coordinator as to how their psychomotor skills will be tested in lieu of Consolidated Testing.BLS Certification Testing

      ALS Certification Testing

        • Advanced EMT Programs
          • Cognitive Exams – The National Registry is working to ramp up Pearson OnVUE remotely proctored cognitive exams the Advanced EMT candidates For candidates who are unable to access testing at a Pearson Test Center due to lack of available seats, they can begin using Pearson OnVUE May, 12, 2020.  Please direct your candidates to learn more about Pearson OnVUE Remote Proctored Exams by visiting: https://home.pearsonvue.com/nremt/onvue
            • Pearson OnVUE remote proctoring will be temporary, however the National Registry is planning to implement a more permanent remote proctoring solution in 2021.
            • Once a candidate sits for and passes the National Registry Cognitive Exam, they will be issued a provisional National Registry and provisional Virginia certification.
            • The candidate will have to complete and pass their National Registry psychomotor exam before full National Registry and Virginia certification will be issued.
            • Provisional certifications can be converted to full certification once the COVID-19 threat is mitigated and the student takes and passes their NREMT required psychomotor exam.
          • Psychomotor Exams – The Office will begin working with ALS programs and the National Registry to slowly ramp up ALS psychomotor testing in the Commonwealth once conditions on the ground permit this to happen.  The ALS Testing Calendar on the OEMS website can be found at:   https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/virginia-national-registry-psychomotor-examination-schedule/
        • Paramedic Programs
          • Cognitive Exams – The National Registry is working to ramp up the availability of Pearson VUE Test Centers around the country in order to increase access to the cognitive exam for Paramedic candidates.  Paramedic candidates are required to take their cognitive exam at a Pearson VUE Test Centers—remote proctoring via Pearson OnVUE is not permitted for paramedic candidates.
            • Once a candidate sits for and passes the National Registry Cognitive Exam, they will be issued a provisional National Registry and provisional Virginia certification.
            • The candidate will have to complete and pass their National Registry psychomotor exam before full National Registry and Virginia certification will be issued.
            • Provisional certifications can be converted to full certification once the COVID-19 threat is mitigated and the student takes and passes their NREMT required psychomotor exam.
          • Psychomotor Exams – The Office will begin working with ALS programs and the National Registry to slowly ramp up ALS psychomotor testing in the Commonwealth once conditions on the ground permit this to happen.  The ALS Testing Calendar on the OEMS website can be found at:   https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/virginia-national-registry-psychomotor-examination-schedule/

Regulation & Compliance


EMS Agency Licenses and Permits

    • EMS Agency Licenses and Permits for all agencies that expire July 1 through July 31, 2020 will be extended to December 31, 2020.
    • EMS 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


COVID-19 Mental Health Resources for First Responders

Guidance for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP)

    • PSAP screening guidance
    • CDC Guidance for PSAP
    • EMS Infectious Disease Playbook
    • Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

CDC Guidance for EMS Response to COVID-19

    • Guidance for EMS and Public Safety Answering Points
    • Infection Prevention & Control Recommendations
    • Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators
    • 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 – https://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 – Regional Council – 06-12-20

Webinar – Coronavirus Update – Regional Council – 06-05-20

Webinar – Coronavirus Update – Regional Councils – 05-29-20

Webinar – Coronavirus Update – Regional Councils – 05-15-20

Webinar – Coronavirus Update – Regional Councils – 05-08-20

Webinar – Coronavirus Update – Regional Councils – 05-01-20

Webinar – Coronavirus Update – Regional Councils – 04-24-20

Webinar – Coronavirus Update – Regional Councils – 04-17-20

Webinar – Coronavirus Update – Regional Councils – 04-10-20

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

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

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

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

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

NHTSA COVID Webinars

Additional Websites


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

Printable Materials