COVID-19 at Washington County EMSMOberhelman2020-09-09T13:43:37-05:00
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.
Washington County EMS is working in conjunction with the Joint Information Center to assist in reporting quick, accurate data to the community. The JIC is also a resource for our Assisted Living Facilities, Faith Based Organizations, Small Business Owners, etc. to ask questions and seek help. More information can be found here: bit.ly/covidwctx.
PPE has been given to Assisted Living Facilities in need so that the employees and residents continue to receive the best possible care.
Washington County EMS and the JIC have been on many conference calls with multiple agencies of every level to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our community, and help fill needs of our local organizations.
Washington County EMS suggested to Senator Kholkhorst to have a “task force” team come in to help local facilities in need on April 23rd.
A video press conference was released in order to keep the public informed of the latest events within the county. Listen here: Click here to watch.
Another video press conference was released in order to keep the public informed of the latest events within the county. Click here to watch.
Washington County worked with state and local partners as well as the Texas Military Department to provide a free, one-day drive-thru test collection site on Sunday, May 3, 2020. A total of 108 tests were performed.
A video press conference was released on May 15 in order to keep the public informed of the latest events within the county. Click here to watch.
A video press conference was released on June 5 in order to keep the public informed of the latest events within the county. Click here to watch.
A video press conference was released on July 28 in order to keep the public informed of the latest events within the county. Click here to watch.
A video press conference was released on August 21 in order to keep the public informed of the latest events within the county. Click here to watch.