We have entered into unchartered territory as it relates to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). Now, more than ever, we need to be diligent in everything that we do at Eaton County 911 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of not only our residents, but our responders as well. Over the past several weeks, we have been asking additional questions for certain medical emergencies to help screen for COVID-19 symptoms. This information is important so that first responders can take appropriate actions in order to be prepared to treat the patient appropriately, while also taking precautions to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Today, we are changing the way this information from our screening questions is being given to first responders. For those that monitor public safety radio traffic, you will hear us use phrases such as “patient screens for COVID-19.” It is very important to keep in mind that this information is based on our questioning, and is in no way a diagnosis. While these patients may have COVID-19 symptoms based on our questioning, they may also have other conditions such as (but not limited to) influenza. We are following best practices and guidelines for conducting this questioning and to properly notify our first responders of precautions that they may need to take, per their own policies and procedures.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Barry-Eaton District at the current time. Cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in other areas in Michigan. For information on the COVID-19 outbreak, visit barryeatonhealth.org/coronavirus.
For general questions related to COVID-19, please call the state hotline at 1-866-535-6136.