COVID 19 Coronavirus – Information/Resources/Practices

On March 13, 2020, U.S. President Donald J. Trump declared a National Emergency under the provisions of The National Emergencies Act (NEA) (Public Law 94–412, 90 Statute 1255, enacted September 14, 1976, codified at 50 United States Code § 1601–1651).  The declaration was made in response to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic caused by the COVID 19 strain.  One day earlier, on March 12, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a State of Emergency in response to this same threat.  While the best resources for information about the pandemic are the Federal government’s site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (found below), first responders may benefit from the additional resources provided below as they update or create pandemic plans and adjust to operating and delivering services during this crisis.

This page has been developed to provide information, resources and best practices to Chiefs and First Responders to protect our personnel as best as they can.

The VSFA will be updating this page on a regular basis as new information becomes avaiable.

Websites with additional information

CDC

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems

Virginia Department of Health

FEMA

NVFC

IAFC
Resources for Fire Chiefs

NVFC
The NVFC has also created a survey for volunteer and combination fire, EMS, and rescue agencies to report on the challenges they are facing related to COVID-19. The information gathered through the survey will be used to help inform discussions with policymakers going forward. Take the survey here.

FEMA Guidance on Continuity of Operations Plans for Influenza Pandemics.  Although not specific to the COVID virus, it has sound guidance that will apply.  Your AHJ will need to amend the triage, screening, and isolation criteria and protocols, as well as amend the treatment/intervention protocols.

Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Annex Template Instructions.

Balancing the Risk – Strategies for Respiratory Protection During a Pandemic

Latest update from NFPA on Emergency Preparedness.

Table on the efficacy of disinfecting wipesPLEASE READ as not all wipes are created the same and some may damage expensive equipment like SCBAs, TICs, etc.

Basic DRAFTS of various NIMS forms.  These are shells only but provide the key elements that should be considered in the development of your Incident Action Plans.  It is crucial that organizations document their response efforts, including preparedness, operations, and demobilization (when that comes).  This provides a starting point.  The forms will lneed to be adapted to each locality.

  • ICS 203 ORG ASSIGNMENT LIST COVID

  • ICS 206 MEDICAL RESPONSE COVID

  • ICS 208 COVID EXPOSURE CONTROL

  • ICS 213 RR COVID

  • ICS 215 COVID

  • FEMA-215a COVID MARCH2020
  • NEW 3-24-20 Updates

    Medical Self Monitoring form for use by agencies.

    Best Practices for Surface Disinfecting.

    Airway management adjustments in the era of COVID-19

    Preventing aerosol-generating procedures while treating prehospital COVID-19 patients

     

     

     

    Infection prevention and control of epidemic- and pandemic-prone acute respiratory infections in health care.

    From the NVFC:COVID-19 IMPACT ON FIRE & EMS: WEEKLY UPDATE 3/27/20

    4-1-2020 Update

    U.S. Fire Administration updates

    Information for First Responders on Maintaining Operational Capabilities During a Pandemic