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COVID-19 testing guidance for first responders

Posted: July 9, 2020

The Federal Healthcare Resilience Task Force (HRTF) recently released guidance on COVID-19 testing for emergency medical services (EMS), fire, law enforcement and 911 telecommunicators. COVID-19 Testing for First Responders provides an overview of COVID-19 testing to inform decision-making.

The guidance outlines the three types of testing available, each test's specific purpose, testing limitations and how to coordinate testing of first responders. There is also a resource section to visit for more information.

The HRTF recommends working with your EMS medical director to determine who should be tested, verifying the type of test needed and ensuring the test is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Your job duties require you to be in high-risk situations regularly. Infection control is a standard part of training for almost everyone in the sector. It is vital you follow those procedures and use proper personal protective equipment on every call right now, no matter if you think it is a low-risk situation or not.

The HRTF is a multi-agency task force comprised of subject matter experts from an array of public and private sector EMS and 911 entities.

This article appears in the
July 9, 2020 InfoGram.

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