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COVID-19 Update for EMS Educators

This is a blanket e‐mail message to all certified Education Coordinators and ALS Coordinators.

Dear Education Coordinator,

My apologies for this length of this e-mail, however the information we are covering below is very important. 

On Thursday afternoon, March 12, 2020, Governor Northam issued a State of Emergency outlining additional measures to combat COVID-19.  Under this State of Emergency, the Governor has banned some state travel, specially-scheduled state conferences and large events for a minimum of 30-days.  Please read the State of Emergency for more information.

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Regional Respiratory Fit Testing Train-the Trainer Courses

Virginia Department of Health Announces Regional Respiratory Fit Testing Train-the Trainer Courses

The Virginia Department of Health will be providing regional Respiratory Fit Testing Train-the Trainer courses to ensure that Health Districts/Medical Practices have staff qualified to provide respirator fit testing.  The attendee will be able to train others in the proper procedures for fit-testing.

Dr. David Wilder, Public Health Physician from Fairfax County Health Department will instruct attendees.  The course will take approximately two and one-half hours with the following objectives:

  1. Develop and maintain an OSHA-compliant respiratory protection program
  2. Use respirators to limit exposure to infectious respiratory agents
  3. Properly fit-test a N-95 respirator and train others on the procedures

The course will be held on the following dates and locations:

Read more: Regional Respiratory Fit Testing Train-the Trainer Courses

EMS patients that are high risk for COVID-19

Tidewater EMS Council Agencies,

We have received a request from Sentara Healthcare to distribute the information below. To be clear this is not a complaint, the normal process is for EMS crews to bypass the ED for Labor & Delivery. To protect the Unit and L&D folks, they are identifying high risk patients in the ED, so they can warn the units in advance.

EMS colleagues, the Emergency Departments need some assistance as we move through the COVID-19 scenarios. PPE is limited on many floors, so we are trying to screen admits coming into the hospital through the EDs. How can you help?

Read more: EMS patients that are high risk for COVID-19

Emergency Order 51

Pursuant to Emergency Order 51, the Virginia Office of EMS is taking proactive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The following actions will be taken to support EMS operations throughout the commonwealth:

PPE Supplies

  • PPE supplies are in high demand for EMS agencies and healthcare organizations. The Virginia Office of EMS is working with suppliers to obtain PPE supplies, and will notify agencies through the regional councils as more information becomes available. Some hospitals have suspended restocking of PPE and medical supplies to EMS agencies. As EMS agencies are aware of these directives, please notify TEMS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can track demand and shortages.We will maintain contact with the main OEMS office to track these situations and respond with supplies accordingly when they are available. We have limited ability to support N95 mask fit testing by agency request. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need assistance with testing providers.

Read more: Emergency Order 51

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