Coronavirus Resources and Updates

NAEMT Updates

3/20: joint letter that NAEMT signed to make a permanent extension of the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA; S. 1210, H.R. 1241) in any legislation to address the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

The VRIPA provides a crucial tool for local communities to ensure they have enough volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to guard against a wide variety of emergencies, including stopping the spread of COVID-19.

 

The VRIPA expires at the end of this year. Without an extension of the VRIPA, volunteer and combination fire departments and EMS agencies will be challenged to recruit and retain volunteer personnel due to overly burdensome tax regulations.

DHS Updates

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

 

3/20: The COVID-19 Pre-hospital Screening Worksheet is now active in Elite. When the primary impression on the state form is selected to be “Infectious – Fever” or “Infectious – Influenza (flu-like) symptoms” the worksheet will flag for completion. We’ve activated this worksheet to get a better handle on the prehospital data for COVID-19. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  

 

3/20: The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services are working together to determine the emerging and urgent child care needs of medical professionals and essential staff due to COVID-19. 

Please note that you are receiving this survey in order for the State of Wisconsin to help ensure that you have access to child care to address your families’ needs during this evolving pandemic. 

If you have an immediate need or anticipate having a need for child care, please take 3 minutes to complete this survey. Please complete within the next 24 hours or as soon as possible. Please include as much information as possible when filling out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/childcareneedwi

 

We are working with child care programs in your community to prioritize and ensure care for families of essential services providers, first responders, and medical professionals during this critical time.

 

We appreciate all you are doing to help keep our children, families and the community safe and healthy during these uncertain times.

 

Thank you in advance for completing this survey as soon as possible!

WI DHS: Outbreaks and Investigations

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm 

Tracking of Covid19 in Wisconsin. The site is updated daily by 2 PM.

Wisconsin has now seen multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19. And with more testing facilities online, we can expect to see even more cases. Identifying cases allows DHS and our local partners to move quickly to isolate a case and possibly contain the spread of the virus.

You can help do that by following basic hygiene practices. Wash your hands with soap and water, cover your coughs, and if you are sick - stay home

NREMT

https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/document/covid-19

3/20: National Registry Extends 2020 Recertification Deadline; Modifies Requirements

MARCH 13, 2020

Columbus OH — As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians today announced two important modifications to the current recertification cycle for Nationally Registered EMS personnel.

The National Registry's Board of Directors approved a motion extending the current recertification deadline from March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Additionally, for Registrants due to recertify March 31, 2020 Distributive Education (DE) limitations will be removed. This allows all continuing education to be accomplished outside of classrooms.

“Given the dynamic nature of this global pandemic, the focus of our nation's EMS personnel should remain on personal well-being, patient safety and supporting their communities in need,” said Bill Seifarth, Executive Director of the National Registry.

 

3/20: National Registry Board Approves Provisional Certification

MARCH 19, 2020

Responding to the nationwide need for Emergency Medical Services personnel and the social-distancing public health guidance, the Executive Committee of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians gave emergency approval to add a Provisional Certification. The Provisional Certification will be automatically assigned to any candidate that (1) completes an educational program at the EMR, EMT, AEMT or Paramedic level and (2) successfully passes the National Registry's cognitive examination. The requirement for completing the psychomotor examination is suspended for the duration of the national emergency or until psychomotor examinations can be safely reinstated in the United States.

“This is a vital step in ensuring that we are able to continue to get qualified and competent EMS personnel into our communities during this national emergency,” said Bill Seifarth, executive director of the National Registry. “This decision, along with this pandemic, is evolving and requires swift, bold measures to ensure the continued safety and health of the public.”

EMS.gov

https://www.ems.gov/pdf/ASPR-EMS-Infectious-Disease-Playbook-June-2017.pdf

This document was created using official or best practice information taken from multiple organizations that was vetted and assembled by subject matter experts working for the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) at the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The aim was not to develop novel guidance for emergency medical services (EMS) agencies, but to unify multiple sources of information in a single planning document addressing the full spectrum of infectious agents to create a concise reference resource for EMS agencies developing their service policies. This document does not represent official policy of HHS/ASPR or other federal or private agencies.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

IRS.gov

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Following President Donald J. Trump’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.

Department of Workforce Development

https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm

Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Coronavirus and Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits.

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