Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Situation Summary
February 12, 2020

 Recommendations

While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help during this emerging public health threat:

  • For everyone: It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, (handwashing with soap and water, cover your cough, limit exposure to ill persons and staying home if ill yourself).
  • EMS Providers/First Responders: Refer to EMS COVID-19 #3.

Situation in CCEMSA Counties

Currently there are NO confirmed or suspect cases of COVID-19 in any CCEMSA Counties.

County Health Departments may be working closely persons who meet travel history criteria, these persons do not have any symptoms and are following the CDC recommendation of self-isolation with Health Department supervision. The addresses of these person have been given to our public safety dispatch centers (Fire, Law, EMS) and updated as needed in order that responding crews may take the appropriate protection steps. EMS/First Responder guidelines are available on the Central California EMS Agency website.

 Situation in California

Seven (7) confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected in California. Six (6) have been travelers returning from Wuhan, China. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 also has been seen among one (1) close contacts of the returned travelers, but at this time, this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in California.

What to Expect

More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, it’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States and California.

 

Further Information

Fresno County Department of Public Health

Kings County Department of Public Health

Madera County Department of Public Health

Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency

California Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Curtis C. Jack, EMT-P
EMS Coordinator- Disaster Services