Coronavirus, Major Incidents, Training

What EMS and 911 Need to Know About the New Virus

A Special EMS Focus webinar on Monday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. EST, will highlight expert guidance on coronavirus for public safety. (Photo/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of EMS will host a special edition of EMS Focus, a federal webinar series, to discuss the latest updates on COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has now infected thousands of people worldwide.

Representatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) have been invited to participate on the webinar panel.

The speakers will update EMS and 911 personnel on the latest guidance for first responders who may take 911 calls or treat patients with potential COVID-19 infections, what PPE is required for responding to these patients and recommendations for transporting and treating people possibly infected with COVID-19.

The webinar will be moderated by Jon Krohmer, MD, director of the NHTSA Office of EMS.

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