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The San Joaquin County EMS Agency's mission is to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of emergency medical services and disaster response for the citizens and visitors of San Joaquin County.

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Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

What is SJCEMSA doing?

SJCEMSA has implemented emergency operations to assist acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics, surgery centers, home health, hospice and emergency responders in an aggressive public health response to protect and care for the residents and visitors of San Joaquin County in the face of this emerging health risk. We are working directly with the State of California EMS Authority, California Department of Public Health, and the Regional Disaster Medical Health Mutual Aid System to process resource requests to maintain the ability of the EMS system and our healthcare collation partners to deliver needed care and treatment to patients. We are also working closely with the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services and the San Joaquin County Health Care Services Agency and other federal, state, and local partners to monitor and coordinate the local medical health response to the outbreak of the virus.

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The State of California has launched a one-stop website for information on the COVID-19 outbreak, including links to services and information.

See here for the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus information.

See here for San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services' SJReady.

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April 1, 2020 – San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SJCEMSA) ALS Protocol Books Available

SJCEMSA now has a limited quantity of Advanced Life Support (ALS) Protocol Books available for sale. To ensure the safety of all personnel, SJCEMSA encourages that any requests for ALS Protocol Books be made online. Click here to submit your order request. Once your order is received, you will be contacted for payment via phone or you may email a credit card authorization form to emsaccounting@sjgov.org. The order will be shipped to you and shipping costs will be included in your payment.

April 1, 2020 – San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SJCEMSA) Personnel Applications

All EMT certifications and paramedic licenses with expiration dates for March, April, May, and June have been extended to July 31, 2020, per Executive Order N-39-20 issued by the Governor. You may verify your status online here. During this public health emergency, SJCEMSA is encouraging all EMS personnel who must submit an initial or renewal personnel application to submit their applications via mail. You may send the applications to PO Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231. We strongly discourage sending cash and personal checks are not accepted. Money orders, business checks, and credit card authorization forms are accepted. You may find a copy of our credit card authorization form here. If you must come in to the office, it will be by appointment only and a safety officer will greet you at the door to do a health screening to ensure the safety of all personnel. Please call 209-468-6818 if you need to schedule an appointment.

March 30, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-18, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily Bed Polling

The purpose of this memorandum is to direct all San Joaquin County Acute Care Facilities to submit mandatory Coronavirus (COVID-19) bed polling forms every day, no later than 12:00 noon Pacific Time. To view the memorandum, click here.

March 30, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-17, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waiver of Response Time Compliance Penalties

The purpose of this memorandum is to waive response compliance penalties and fines included in the exclusive operating area (EOA) for American Medical Response, Manteca District Ambulance, Escalon Community Ambulance, and Ripon Consolidated Fire District. To view the memorandum, click here.

March 27, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-16, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Minimizing Aerosol-Generating Procedures

The purpose of this memorandum is to give direction to prehospital care providers on minimizing aerosol-generating procedures during the current public health emergency. To view the memorandum, click here.

March 27, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-07, Extension of ACLS, CPR Card Expiration Dates and EMT/EMR Skills Competency Verification Forms (Revised)

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify all prehospital care providers of changes to requirements for: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) cards set to expire during the current COVID-19 pandemic and Skills Competency Verification Forms for EMTs and EMRs. To view the revised memorandum, click here.

March 26, 2020 - Update to EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-12, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Call Screening

To clarify, the EMD process regarding COVID-19 is used on all call determinants and not exclusive to Echo or Delta call determinants.

March 26, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-15, Coronavirus (COVID-19) ALS Treatment Protocols and CQI Reports

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify the EMS system that San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SJCEMSA) is postponing the implementation of SJCEMSA Policy No. 5700, Advanced Life Support Treatment Protocols. The new implementation date is May 1, 2020. CQI reports are due June 1, 2020. To view the memorandum, click here.

March 26, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-14, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Extension of 45 Day Public Comment on SJCEMSA Policy No. 4010, Public Safety Agency Request for ALS Authorization

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify EMS stakeholders that the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SJCEMSA) is extending the 45 day public comment period for EMS Policy No. 4010, Public Safety Agency Request for ALS Authorization and Exhibit A: Proposed ALS Program Plan Forms; and Exhibit B: Advanced Life Support Authorization Agreement Standard Terms and Conditions. SJCEMSA will now accept public comments through June 30, 2020. Completed comment forms should be submitted by email to Marissa Matta at mamatta@sjgov.org or by U.S. Mail to the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, PO Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231.To view the memorandum, click here.

March 25, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-09, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Paramedic Accreditation (Revised)

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify EMS system participants that San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA) is modifying the requirements of EMS Policy No. 2540, Paramedic Accreditation in order for paramedics and the entire healthcare workforce to be available to repond to the current public health emergency. To view the revised memorandum, click here.

March 24, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-13, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hospital Surge Implementation

The purpose of this memorandum is to direct all acute care hospitals to implement the Healthcare Surge Strategy for each San Joaquin County Acute Care Facility (ACF) by no later than March 27, 2020. To view the memorandum, click here.

March 23, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-12, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Call Screening *See March 26, 2020 Update

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide direction on emergency medical dispatch (EMD) call screening regarding COVID-19. This memorandum supersedes Policy Memorandum No. 2020-05 issued March 16, 2020, addressing EMD call screening. To view the memorandum, click here.

March 21, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-11, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patient Contact Notification

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide direction on implementing Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-27-20 for maintaining an adequate healthcare workforce. The San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SJCEMSA) with the cooperation of San Joaquin County Public Health Services (SJCPHS) is implementing a process to notify prehospital care service providers including all fire departments and ambulance services of prehospital contact with a known COVID-19 lab confirmed positive patient. To view the memorandum, click here.

March 20, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-10, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Personal Protective Equipment

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide direction on implementing Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-27-20 for maintaining an adequate healthcare workforce. This memorandum supersedes those parts of EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-05 addressing the use of PPE by prehospital care personnel. To view the memorandum, click here.

March 19, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-08, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disinfection Recommendations

The purpose of this memorandum is to share the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Recommendations for U.S. Households with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019. To view the memorandum, click here.

March 17, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-06, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide direction on implementing Governor Newsom's Executive Order for maintaining an adequate healthcare workforce. This memorandum is effective through April 30, 2020, unless superseded or rescinded earlier. To view the memorandum, click here.

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