Two local EMS in quarantine due to potential exposure

Two Santa Rosa County EMS are currently in quarantine due to potential exposure to COVID-19.

Lifeguard Ambulance Service Director of Operations Dwayne Tullos confirmed the two employees are in quarantine but have not tested positive for the novel coronavirus at this time.

Details about the individuals were not shared.

First responders are taking steps to limit potential exposure Tullos said. He said responders are trained and supplied with appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE).

“Once a 9-1-1 call is initiated, emergency dispatchers are instructed to perform a series of questions to ensure patients are not experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19,” he said. “Once on-scene, first responders will also initiate questioning to determine if additional protective equipment and precautions are needed unless they were instructed prior to arrival that the patient was a potential candidate for COVID-19.”      

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