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CENTRAL REGISTRY

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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.


PRESS RELEASE

To view the most recent press release regarding San Joaquin County COVID-19 hospitalization data, click here.


HOSPITALIZATION TRACKING


RESOURCE REQUESTS

PPE Request Memo

How to Request Med Health PPE in WebEOC

Non Healthcare Coalition Members: How to Request Med Health PPE

PPE Resource Request Questionnaire


HELPFUL LINKS AND VIDEOS

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.

See here for California Department of Public Health COVID-19 updates.

See here for San Joaquin County Public Health COVID-19 updates.

See here for a video on refilling hand sanitizer stations during supply chain shortages.


LATEST COVID-19 EMS POLICY MEMORANDUMS

October 5, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-18 (Revised v.4), Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily ACF 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 revised memorandum, click here.

August 24, 2020 - Rescinded EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-21: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Air Ambulance Availability

Effective today, EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-21: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Air Ambulance Availability is rescinded. REACH-2 based at the Stockton Metropolitan Airport is now fully operational. Please direct any questions to Jeff Costa, RN, EMS Critical Care Coordinator at 209-468-6818.

August 24, 2020 - Rescinded EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-27: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Distribution of Remdesivir

EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-21: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Distribution of Remdesivir is rescinded as of August 13, 2020. Please direct any questions to Jeff Costa, RN, EMS Critical Care Coordinator at 209-468-6818.

July 30, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-34 (Revised), Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hospital Staffing Resource Requests

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide direction for acute care hospitals seeking staffing assistance through the medical/health mutual aid system. To view the memorandum with revised form, click here.

July 20, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-19 (Revised v.3), Coronavirus (COVID-19) EMS Personnel Applicants

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify all prehospital care providers of changes to requirements for EMS personnel whose certification, accreditation, or authorization is set to expire during the current COVID-19 pandemic and for changes to requirements for initial applicants. To view the revised memorandum, click here.

July 8, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-10 (Revised v.3), 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. To view the revised memorandum, click here.

June 26, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-06 (Revised), Coronavirus (COVID-19) EMS Personnel Screening

EMS Policy memorandum 2020-06 (Revised) Coronavirus (COVID-19) EMS Personnel Screening was issued to provide direction on implementing Governor Newsom's Executive Order for maintaining an adequate healthcare workforce. This memorandum is being revised today to include and highlight the loss of taste and smell as symptoms of COVID-19 infection. To view the revised memorandum, click here.

June 25, 2020 – Rescinded EMS Policy Memorandums

Several EMS Policy Memorandums are being rescinded effective today, June 25, 2020.

2020-14, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Extension of 45 Day Public Comment on SJCEMSA Policy No. 4010 Public                Safety Agency Request for ALS Authorization
2020-15, Coronavirus (COVID-19) ALS Treatment Protocols and CQI Reports
2020-22, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contact Notification Process for Law Enforcement
2020-17, Revisions to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waiver of Response Time Compliance Penalties
2020-25, Revisions to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advanced Life Support (ALS) Treatment Protocol
2020-30, Revisions to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Direction on Patient Destinations


Any questions regarding EMS Policies may be directed to Matthew Esposito, EMS Prehospital Care Coordinator at mesposito@sjgov.org.

June 24, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-31 (Revised), Coronavirus (COVID-19) Denial of Entry into Emergency Departments for Transfer of Patient Care

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide direction to ambulance personnel if a hospital prohibits or denies entry into the emergency department for the transfer of patient care. To view the revised memorandum, click here.

June 8, 2020 - Rescinded EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-11, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patient Contact Notification

Effective today Policy Memorandum No. 2020-11 is rescinded. This action is based on several factors most notably the absence of reported exposures to prehospital care personnel after being notified of COVID-19 patient contacts. The absence of reported exposures is likely attributable to the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by prehospital care personnel which is effective in preventing the transmission of COVID-19.

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA) voluntarily offered to provide this service for prehospital care personnel serving San Joaquin County in order to facilitate Governor Newsom’s executive order for maintaining an adequate healthcare workforce. SJCEMSA initiated this process with the understanding that it would be discontinued once the process over taxed resources. It is necessary at this time to reallocate SJCEMSA’s clinical personnel to other functions including the management and distribution of anti-viral medications for hospitalized COVID-19 positive patients.

Prehospital care service providers should continue to assess risk of exposure based on guidance issued by U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and report COVID-19 exposure to San Joaquin County Public Health Services as warranted.

May 26, 2020 - Revised EMS Policy Memorandum Nos. 2020-08 and 2020-12

EMS Policy Memorandums Nos. 2020-08, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disinfection Recommendations and 2020-12, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Call Screening have been revised to remain in effect through the duration of the public health emergency. To view the memorandums, click on the individual policy memorandum numbers.

May 4, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-26, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) Crisis Staffing Event (Revised)

The purpose of this memorandum is to inform all San Joaquin County prehospital personnel and dispatch personnel of the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency's process to address LTCF crisis staffing events. To view the memorandum, click here.

April 23, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-24, Coronavirus (COVID-19) High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Viral Filter

The purpose of this memorandum is to inform all prehospital care providers that the San Joaquin County EMS Agency approves the use of HEPA viral filters in the prehospital setting. To view the memorandum, click here.

April 14, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-23, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated Provider's Secondary Impressions List

The purpose of this memorandum is to inform all prehospital care providers that the San Joaquin County EMS Agency has been notified by the EMS Authority (EMSA) that EMSA has made changed to the California Emergency Medical Services Information System (CEMSIS) to collect data related to COVID-19 patient cohorts. To view the memorandum, click here.

April 7, 2020 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-20, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Lab Testing for First Responders and Prehospital Personnel

The purpose of this memorandum is to inform all interested cities, fire districts, and ambulance service providers that the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency in coordination with the San Joaquin County Clinics Chief Medical Officer created an opportunity for prehospital personnel to receive COVID-19 lab testing and exposure counseling. 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 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.