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Click here for the Centers for Disease Control website for continuous updates and important information.

Click here for the Virginia Dept of Health's website link with important information for ALL EMS providers.

 Guide to Infection Prevention in EMS

The purpose of this guide is to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system responders and their organizations with a practical resource to infection recognition and prevention in the EMS environment. This guide contains current information, recommendations, regulations, resources, program examples, and forms to utilize in the EMS system responder setting.  

 Guidelines for Mask Use for EMS Providers during an Influenza Outbreak

Preparing for Pandemic Influenza:
Recommendations for Protocol Development for 9-1-1 Personnel and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)

Virginia has a strong public health system and is well prepared to address the current situation. For example, tracking mechanisms are in place to identify individuals who have traveled to areas where they may have come in contact with the virus. Also, our local health district is actively engaged in our response and we are working closely with their officials.

The Virginia Department of Health encourages anyone with influenza-like illness to follow these standard guidelines:

If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

  • If you think you require medical attention, call your health care provider in advance so that they can take the necessary infection control precautions prior to your arrival.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.


Virginia will continue to monitor this situation and will keep EMS providers informed.