Local Public Safety Emergency Healthcare Planning
Here are a list of actions that have taken place at Washington County EMS to help combat Coronavirus/COVID-19:
- We have implemented inventory control measures for COVID-19 PPE.
- We have received a recent shipment of PPE (including N95 masks)
- We have implemented PSAP/ 911 Communications pre-screening questions for all 911 and nonemergency calls that EMS is dispatched to.
- We have implemented PPE Conservation policies regarding PPE according to CDC/DSHS guidelines.
- We have contingent policies and ongoing planning regarding “Alternate Response Models” for COVID-19 calls (request). Using our rural response districts / ACP’s as the conduit.
- We have already implemented policies to reduce the emergency (first responder) response to 911 calls for COVID-19 “suspected” or “PUI’s”. When possible the policy will require a “1 unit response”.
- We have performed a STARR request to TDEM for a “Covid-19 PPE package”
- The EMS Department has implemented a higher unit decontamination process using the Zimek Decon Unit that was awarded by the US Dept of Homeland Security in 2015.
- We have engaged our healthcare partners at Baylor S&W on the best use of our county maintained Mobile Medical Unit (MMU).
- We are continuing daily DSHS, Region, CDC, Emergency Management Colleagues, and Regional Medical Operations Center planning meetings.
- Washington County EMS has coordinated a regional “EMS Chiefs” communication sharing tool for instant communication between the pre-hospital providers in the region for best practices and resource sharing. Rest assure your regional providers are on the same page with PPE, transportation, ventilator use/inventory, etc…
- Washington County has closed the courthouse “Annex” building to the general public.
- Washington County has closed the fairground “Annex” building to the general public.
- Washington County has instituted mandatory employee and public screening stations for all courthouse and courthouse annex employees prior to admittance into the courthouse.
- Washington County OEM in conjunction with Faith Mission, the City of Brenham, and the Brenham ISD has coordinated a Pandemic Resource Center that be contacted at 800-845-8035. This resource will be a one-stop-shop for all information needed regarding the pandemic and its effects here locally.