Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
California is responding to the spread of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases of COVID-19 are also being reported internationally and in the United States. California is actively working with the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local governments, health facilities, and health care providers across the state to prepare and protect Californians from COVID-19.
For daily California COVID-19 updates, please visit the California Department of Public Health website.
EMS Guidance for COVID-19
- EMSA Director Dr. Dave Duncan has released a comprehensive EMS guidance for all first responders who anticipate close contact with persons with possible or confirmed COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) interim guidance intended to assist with assessment of risk, monitoring, and work restrictions for healthcare personnel with potential exposure to patients with COVID-19.
- EMSA has released instructions for persons experiencing mild respiratory infections, including when and when not to go to the hospital, with tips for treatment and steps to follow to help prevent illnesses from spreading to people in your home and community.
- Policy to implement the Emergency Proclamation of the Governor to maintain medical workforce.
EMS Licensing, Certification, and Training Requirements
Governor Newsom’s Executive Order dated March 30, 2020 allows EMSA to suspend statutory and regulatory requirements for EMS Personnel to ensure the continued operation of emergency medical systems during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- EMSA Director Dr. Dave Duncan has adopted a policy regarding EMS licensure, certification, and training to implement Executive Order N-39-20.
Authorization of Out-Of-State Medical Personnel
EMSA has adopted policies and procedures governing the use of out-of-state medical personnel to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak pursuant to the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation on March 4, 2020.
- Policy and procedure for the authorization of non-EMS out-of-state medical professionals to work within California.
- Medical facilities and staffing agencies must submit this form to EMSA for authorization of non-EMS out-of-state medical professionals to work at the facility.
- This form is for medical facilities to report any incidents involving out of state medical professionals.
EMS Personnel — Use Authorization Policy and Procedures
- Mutual aid requests for EMS personnel in response to COVID-19 shall be authorized by EMSA and conducted using the same policy and procedures as out-of-state medical professionals.
• IMMEDIATE HIRE •
California Medical Assistance Team (CAL-MAT)
Join the California Medical Assistance Team (CAL-MAT) Program to Support COVID-19 Outbreak response!
EMSA is currently soliciting for new members to provide immediate support for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Medical Response. CAL-MATs are healthcare professionals and logisticians activated by the EMS Authority to provide medical care during disasters. The teams are rapidly deployable and capable of treating patients within hours at field treatment sites, shelters, existing medical facilities, alternate care sites, and other designated locations. The program is organized and coordinated by the California EMS Authority.
If you are interested in deploying for the COVID-19 response, do not mail your application. Please send an email to CAL.MAT@emsa.ca.gov with your application. A copy of your driver’s license, and social security card is required at time of hire. Applications may also be accepted in person.
Local Optional Scope of Practice
EMSA is accepting local optional scope of practice requests from local emergency medical services agency (LEMSA) medical directors, pertaining to COVID-19 testing. The Governor’s Emergency Proclamation dated March 4, 2020, provides the Director of EMSA the authority to approve the expansion of local optional scope of practice for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Advanced EMTs (AEMT), and paramedics to aid in the prevention of the spread of the virus. Below are standardized template material that medical directors may use when applying for local optional scope of practice requests pursuant to this proclamation.
- • Application for use for EMT and paramedic administration of nasopharyngeal specimen collection for COVID-19.
- • Training material for nasopharyngeal specimen collection, storage, and transport.
- • Sign-in sheet for use when conducting nasopharyngeal specimen collection
- Skill verification sheet to be used for administration of nasopharyngeal specimen collection
If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to COVID19@emsa.ca.gov.
California Department of Public Health
The California Department of Public Health is issuing daily updates on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
Coronavirus Response resources for the public can be found at covid19.ca.gov.