Coronavirus

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 (CDPH) website.

CDPH has released a fact sheet on the Omicron Variant: Fact Sheet: Omicron Variant.

EMS Guidance for COVID-19

Quarantine and Isolation for Emergency Medical Services Personnel, 01/08/22, Basnett (pdf)

  • EMSA Acting Director Elizabeth Basnett has released a memorandum regarding the CDPH updated All Facilities Letter (AFL 21- 08.7). The memorandum addresses the application of AFL 21- 08.7 to California emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.

CDC Guidance Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure to Patients with 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.

California Registered Nurse Education and Training for the COVID-19 ICU (up to 18 CE credits available)


Authorization of Out-Of-State Medical Personnel

Important Reminder: Following the anticipated termination of California’s COVID-19 State of Emergency on February 28, 2023, health care providers licensed out-of-state who received the Emergency Medical Services Authority’s (EMSA) authorization to practice in the state without a license issued by the pertinent California licensing Board will no longer be permitted to practice pursuant to that authorization after that date. Health care providers who have not received California licensure and wish to continue practicing, should check with the specific licensing Board for information on how to obtain licensure in California and/or temporary licensure options.

Please note, individuals wishing to continue to practice in California should submit an application and the necessary documentation for licensure immediately as the EMSA out-of-state medical personnel authorization approval concludes on February 28, 2023 and no further practice pursuant to that authorization will be permitted.

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 (pdf) on March 4, 2020. Pursuant to EO Terminations (pdf), the EMS Authority Out of State medical personnel authorization approval will conclude on February 28th, 2023. All previously approved Out of State Authorizations are extended to the above. No reapproval is needed.

EO Terminations (10-18-2022) (pdf)

  • Policy and procedures for the authorization of out-of-state medical personnel to work within California in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Authorization for Out-of-State Medical Personnel Request Form (pdf)

  • Medical facilities, healthcare providers, and staffing agencies must submit this form to EMSA for the authorization of out-of-state medical personnel to work at the facility in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Placement Notification Form (pdf)

  • Staffing Agencies are required once it has placed an approved healthcare professional, notify the EMS Authority of the placement, the facility name, and the expected duration of the placement. This form has been created to assist with this requirement.

Incident Report Form (pdf)

  • This form is for medical facilities to report any incidents involving out of state medical professionals.

Providers Seeking to Treat Pre-existing Patients who relocated to California (pdf)

  • Out-of-state licensed health care practitioners with a pre-existing patient who is moving to California may seek to obtain a 30-day waiver to temporarily continue to provide care to that patient remotely via telehealth. 

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to COVID19@emsa.ca.gov.


Local Hospital and Healthcare Facilities Staffing Needs Request

Requests for Urgent Staffing Resources for COVID-19

  • The California Department of Public Health has issued an All Facilities Letter (AFL) to clarify the process for requesting staffing resources for healthcare facilities and alternate care sites during COVID-19.
  • The above link details the process for hospitals and medical facilites to request staffing resources through a reginoal Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC).
  • MHOAC Program Contact Information

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to COVID19@emsa.ca.gov.


Local Optional Scope of Practice (LOSOP)

EMSA continues to accept LOSOP requests from local emergency medical services agency (LEMSA) medical directors as described in Governor’s Emergency Proclamation (pdf) dated March 4, 2020, extended pursuant to Executive Order N-04-22 (pdf),  provides the Director of EMSA the authority to approve the expansion of LOSOP for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced EMTs (AEMT), and paramedics to aid in the prevention of the COVID-19 virus. 

COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccinations and COVID-19

Director’s Current Updates

Policy Update – Termination of Governor Executive Orders, 10/17/22, Basnett and Garzon (pdf)

Director’s Past Updates

Expanded EMS Scope of Practice – COVID-19 and Influenza Authorizations (pdf)(02/25/2022)

Addendum to COVID-19 Vaccination LOSOPs – Pediatric Patients Memo (pdf)(11/12/2021) 

Expanded Scope of Practice – Paramedic Monoclonal Antibody Infusion/Monitoring Memo (pdf)(11/12/2021)

Covid-19 Influenza Vaccination and Covid-19 Testing Application Extension Memo (pdf)(08/04/2021)

Covid-19 Vaccination Administration by EMS Personnel Reimbursement Memo (pdf)(08/04/2021)

Termination of Emergency Local Optional Scope of Practice Requests Memo (pdf)(07/06/2021)

EMS COVID Vaccination Memo – Patient Age (12 and Older) Guidance (pdf)(05/28/2021)

EMT Vaccination Memo – Federal Guidance (pdf)(03/22/2021)

EMT COVID Vaccination Authorization Memo – Additional Guidance (pdf)(03/04/2021)

Covid-19 Application and Guidance

APPLICATION: Covid-19 and Influenza Vaccination and Covid-19 Testing Request (pdf)

  • Application to administer Covid-19 and Influenza vaccination and Covid-19 testing by EMS personnel.

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Covid-19 Testing Application and Guidance

Collection of Nasopharyngeal Specimen for COVID-19: Training Material (pptx)

  • Training material for nasopharyngeal specimen collection, storage, and transport.

Administration of Nasopharyngeal Specimen Collection for COVID-19: Training Sign-in Sheet (docx)

  • Sign-in sheet for use when conducting nasopharyngeal specimen collection.

Administration of Nasopharyngeal Specimen Collection for COVID-19: Competency Checklist (docx)

  • Skill verification sheet to be used for administration of nasopharyngeal specimen collection.

Influenza Vaccination Application and Guidance

APPLICATION: Covid-19 and Influenza Vaccination and Covid-19 Testing Request (pdf)

  • Application to administer Covid-19 and Influenza vaccination and Covid-19 testing by EMS personnel.

Influenza Vaccination Administration: Policy and Procedure (pdf)

  • Template policy and procedures for intramuscular influenza and COVID-19 vaccination

Influenza Vaccination Administration: Training Materials (pdf)

  • Training material for intramuscular influenza vaccination.

Influenza Vaccination Fact Sheet (pdf)

  • Fact sheet for influenza vaccination.

Influenza Vaccination Administration: Checklist (pdf)

  • Screening checklist for contraindications to influenza vaccination.

Influenza Vaccination Refrigerator Temperature Log (pdf)

  • Refrigeration temperature log for influenza vaccination storage.

Static Site – Application

Sample Letter – COVID-19 Static Site Drug Admin LEMSA Request (docx)

  • Application for use for EMTs and paramedics assigned to static sites as related to COVID-19 response.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to scopeofpractice@emsa.ca.gov


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


• NOW RECRUITING MEDICAL AND NON-MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO SUPPORT MEDICAL SERVICES DURING The COVID 19 PANDEMIC AND DISASTERS

CA EMSA Disaster Medical Response Programs

Join the California EMSA Medical Assistance Team (CAL-MAT) and/or CA Health Corps (CAHC) Programs to support California!

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 California 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. CAHCs are healthcare professionals activated by the EMS Authority to provide medical support to healthcare facilities. CAHC members are deployed to treat patients in healthcare facilities experiencing a shortage of medical staff during a disaster. The programs are organized and coordinated by the California EMS Authority.

Sign up at CA EMSA Disaster Medical Response Programs

If you are interested in deploying for the COVID-19 response, do not mail your application. Please send an email to disastermedicalresponseprograms@emsa.ca.gov with your application. A copy of your driver’s license, and social security card is also required and must be received prior to or at time of hire.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to disastermedicalresponseprograms@emsa.ca.gov

California Department of Public Health

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The California Department of Public Health is issuing daily updates on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

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Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a State of Emergency as part of the state’s response to address the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus Response resources for the public can be found at covid19.ca.gov.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide updated COVID-19 information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

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World Health Organization

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The World Health Organization directs international health within the United Nations’ system and to lead partners in global health responses. 

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CONTACT INFORMATION

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