Georgia OEMS COVID-19 Guidance for First Responders (EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement)

DPH and the Office of EMS and Trauma will make every effort to keep this site up-to-date. Previously circulated guidance documents from OEMS related to COVID-19 have been replaced by this website.

DPH is working with all of our federal, state and local partners in preparation for and response to this emerging public health threat. As part of that response, DPH is recommending that EMS agencies and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) follow the current guidance from the CDC. 911 centers may also choose to use the latest Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance Tool published by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. 

IMPORTANT REMINDER: A HEPA filter should be placed on the exhaust port of a BVM or ventilator if there is any concern the patient may have COVID-19.
Please click HERE to review the Administrative Order issued by DPH on 3/23/2020 related to Public Health Control Measures. The section on quarantine specifically references EMS.
UPDATE (3/27/2020) Please read this letter from Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., DPH Commissioner and State Health Officer and David Newton, Director of the Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma related to the ability of hospitals and health departments to share the COVID-19 status of patients with the first responders and transporting EMS agencies who came into contact with the patient. Click Download this pdf file.HERE for the letter.

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