As Delaware enters it’s second day of Governor Carney’s “Stay at home” order, and adhere to strict social distancing and CDC guidelines, many state and federal agencies have taken steps to improve how they respond to the coronavirus epidemic in Delaware and it’s all being done for one reason. To protect themselves and the people they come in contact with every day.
New Castle County Paramedics is one of those agencies. If you call 911, they will ask you specific questions regarding your illness so if you suspect that you have coronavirus or if you suspect you have come in contact with a COVID-19 infected person, you should probably let them know that. This allows dispatchers to better inform the responding paramedics, so they can protect themselves in the proper protective gear as they come into your home or location to treat you.
According to NCC Paramedics, “Those who call 911 will see changes in how medical personnel approach your home and the personal protective equipment they wear.” These safeguards were put into place to minimize risk to first responders and patients.
Despite the risk facing our medical community from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to provide the same level of paramedic service to the citizens of New Castle County.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, you will see New Castle County Paramedics wearing different levels of personal protective equipment (PPE). A patient’s specific signs and symptoms will determine what level of protection they will utilize. Full protective equipment includes gloves, eye protection, surgical mask, gown and booties.