With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the county and region we have updated our PPE recommendations for EMS providers. We want to assure providers that this is not being done due to any exposure or incident with our providers. Our guidelines from the beginning have held up, kept our providers from getting infected, and are still inline with CDC recommendations.
That being said, out of an abundance of caution we are increasing some of our PPE recommendations due to the high community transmission rate we are seeing to further protect our providers. In recent discussions with many of you, it appears many agencies are already utilizing an approach similar to these changes. These are also similar to what our hospitals are employing.
Attached is the updated guidance. There are a few changes I would like to highlight.
Dr. Faulk & Dr. Walters
Brian M. Walters, D.O., FACEP, FAAEM
Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services
Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office