IAFC Voices Strong Support for Vaccine Prioritization for First Responders
The IAFC wrote in a statement Wednesday that it applauded the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine for its recent recommendation that firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders be included in the first phase of distribution once the vaccine is available.
Will Trump Get Ambulance Services Needed Pay From Government?
Paramedics and emergency medical technicians are the professionals who make ambulances a key part of emergency healthcare. Now they are running short of federal funding that was appropriated to keep them operating during the coronavirus crisis.
08.30.20 (Villages News)
Nurse Navigation Aids in Remote Monitoring of COVID-19 Patients
Sumter County partnered with American Medical Response, the county’s emergency medical transportation provider, and its parent company, Global Medical Response, to provide COVID-19 patients remote patient monitoring services.
Trump Says he Will Look into Full COVID-19 Relief for EMS
President Donald Trump told a reporter he was hearing "for the first time" that ambulance services had not been fully reimbursed.
08.04.20 (Fox News)
Dr. Nicole Saphier: Coronavirus Hit Health Care Workers Hard, and this Legislation Would Make it Worse
On Capitol Hill there is a renewed effort to include legislation in any new COVID-19 relief bill that would show politicians’ since appreciation for doctors and other service providers by essentially CUTTING their pay.
How Remote Patient Monitoring Can Protect Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
With healthcare workers and their loved ones at risk, provider organizations are looking for ways to leverage technology to keep their workers healthy while continuing to deliver essential healthcare services in their communities.
COVID-19 Means People Looking to Cool Off Need to be Safe In and Out of Water
The sun is shining and temperatures are up but most public pools are closed. That means a lot of people are heading to area rivers and lakes. And with COVID-19, experts say you've got to be careful on the beach, too.
Texas Sends Ambulance Strike Teams to Tackle Virus Surge
A five-ambulance squad was sent to Cameron County where the surge has overwhelmed EMS and hospital resources.
07.01.20 (USA Today)
Most COVID-19 Patients Don't Know Who Infected Them, CDC Survey Finds
A survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 54% of people infected with coronavirus were unable to pinpoint who may have infected them.
Growing Concern Regarding the Need for Post-COVID First Responder Medical Surveillance
The role of testing is equally important in identifying responders who were exposed and had the virus, or who had exposures, were asymptomatic, and subsequently developed antibodies.
Privacy Concerns Raised Over Sharing COVID-19 Patient Info
The ACLU and other critics have raised privacy concerns about the sharing of patients' names and addresses public safety agencies.
FDNY Hosts Sendoff for 1,600 Caregivers, 500 Ambulances that Came to NY, NJ During Pandemic
For 60 days, AMR ambulance crews, Network Providers and support staff from across the country have worked in New York as part of the urgent response to the COVID-19 crisis.
05.17.20 (USA Today)
Something We've Never Seen Before: Scientists still trying to understand baffling, unpredictable coronavirus
The new coronavirus has spread like wildfire, killed – and spared – people of all ages and all health conditions, baffled doctors, defied guidance and conventional wisdom and produced an unprecedented array of symptoms.
05.17.20 (VC Star)
Efforts to Test for COVID-19 Antibodies Underway; Front-Line Workers Among First Screened
Multiple initiatives across Ventura County are working to provide health care workers and first responders with antibody tests for the novel coronavirus to get a better sense of how it has spread throughout the community.
Senate Passes Bill Ensuring LODD Benefits for First Responder Virus Deaths
The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that establishes a temporary presumption that COVID-19 is a work-related injury, ensuring that families of first responders who die from the disease will receive line-of-duty death benefits through the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program.
05.08.20 (News Break)
Portland EMT Back Home After Helping with COVID-19 Response in New Jersey
Heather Chapin, an EMT with American Medical Response, is back home in Portland after spending more than two weeks helping with the coronavirus response in New Jersey.
05.08.20 (NBC Las Vegas, NV)
The Homeless Project: Ambulance Crews Form Teams to Help the Mentally Ill
The new model skips the ER and takes COVID-19 patients with mental issues directly to mental health facilities. AMR's Hal Wyrick discusses the merits of the new program.
05.08.20 (NBC Tucson, AZ)
Tucson EMT Fighting COVID-19 as Volunteer in New Jersey
AMR's Alex De Leon is voluntarily helping fight COVID-19 in New Jersey. "I felt a moral obligation to help whoever I could in these kinds of situations," he said.
05.08.20 (CNY Central)
Syracuse EMT Back From New Jersey Deployment: "Stay Home and Wear a Mask"
Vaughn Miller describes his experiences on deployment in New Jersey to assist local EMS in their COVID-19 response.
Broward County to Provide In-Home COVID-19 Testing for Elderly and Disabled
Broward County, FL, will offer mobile, in-home COVID-19 testing beginning Wednesday, May 6 for elderly or disabled residents.They are partnering with state agencies, GMR's American Medical Response (AMR) and Century Ambulance Services (CAS).
05.04.20 (NBC News 4 Tucson AZ)
Digging Deeper: Coronavirus Decontamination
When it comes to stopping the spread of the coronavirus, and flattening the curve first-responders are on the frontline. So, how do they make sure the vehicles they use to transport COVID-19 patients aren't becoming hot-zones?
All Clear Foundation Offers Vital Helping Hand to First Responder Heroes
All Clear Foundation works to ensure first responders have the “all clear” when it comes to their personal safety – both mentally and physically. Its mission is clear: improve the life expectancy and well-being of all first responders.
04.30.20 (Huffington Post)
Follow The Life Of An EMT During A 2-Week COVID-19 Deployment
AMR's Vaughn Miller volunteered to work in Newark, New Jersey, as the coronavirus peaked there, hours from his home in Syracuse, New York.
04.30.20 (Becker's Healthcare Podcast)
Telehealth or RPM Solving the Scalability Issue with COVID
Robin Hil of Vivify Health and Dr. Jeffrey Beeson, Medical Director for GMR’s Nurse Navigation Program discuss how their partnership has allowed them to track and tackle the coronavirus, remote patient monitoring versus telehealth, how it protects healthcare workers, and more.
04.28.20 (FOX 40 Sacramento, CA)
Sacramento Paramedic Shares Experience Treating COVID-19 Patients While Deployed in New Jersey
From hurricanes to wildfires, American Medical Response paramedic and field supervisor Kevin Anderson is used to lending a hand in dire situations. But this is different.
04.28.20 (NBC Topeka, KS)
EMS Workers Adapting to Coronavirus Changes
EMS workers continue to adapt to coronavirus changes. When an individual calls 911, American Medical Response dispatchers run them through a screening process to determine whether they will be a suspected coronavirus case or not.
04.27.20 (Natchez Democrat)
Martin was a True Hero of Pandemic
The recent death of Southwest Mississippi paramedic David Martin is a reminder that the heroes in the face of COVID-19 extends past the emergency room doors of local hospitals.
CDC Adds 6 Symptoms To Its COVID-19 List
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added several new symptoms to its existing list of symptoms for COVID-19.
Out-of-town EMTs Offer Relief to Exhausted Local First Responders
AMR crews, including Leilani Lemonier and Jordan Shultz, share their experiences as they help with the increased demands on NY EMS workers due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
04.22.20 (Western Mass News)
Local EMTs Helping with Emergency Calls in New York
American Medical Response EMTs in western Massachusetts have been deployed to New York to help with their high number of emergency calls.
04.19.20 (EMS World)
GMR Deploys More EMS Providers to Aid COVID-19 Response in N.J.
Global Medical Response (GMR) mobilized a second deployment of American Medical Response (AMR) crews and ambulances to New Jersey, in response to a FEMA request.
04.17.20 (Global Medical Response Press Release)
GMR Deploys Hundreds of Additional Paramedics, EMTs, Ambulances to Supplement FEMA’s Response in NJ
Global Medical Response mobilized a second deployment of American Medical Response crews and ambulances to New Jersey, in response to a FEMA request to help the federal government and local emergency personnel respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
04.13.20 (WTRF Ohio News)
Air Evac Lifeteam Adjusts to New Normal
As medical industries across the country continue to take the brunt of the covid-19 virus, there’s one specific part of the industry that has been affected that you may not be thinking about.
04.13.20 (NBC News)
Swift Coronavirus Testing Needed Before Reopening Country, CDC Director Says
Thedire ctor for the CDC said Monday that in order for the country to reopen, swift testing for people who have the virus and for people who might be immune to the virus will need to be available.
04.11.20 (FOX News Cavuto - Live)
Experts Examine Hospitalizations as Key Figure in COVID-19 Projections
Dr. Ed Racht, Global Medical Response Chief Medical Officer, joins 'CAVUTO Live'to discuss the latest in the COVID-19 pandemic.
04.10.20 (MSNBC Morning Joe)
GMR's Dr. Racht Provides Update on PPE Supply Chain, Rural Community Response, COVID-19 Testing
GMR's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ed Racht, was on MSNBC to discuss access to PPE, adequate healthcare and testing as EMS continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
04.08.20 (NBC News-12 The Bronx)
EMS Members Brace for COVID-19 Peak, Bronx Zoo Converts to Staging Area
More than 4,000 members of New York's Emergency Medical Services are preparing for what's to come as the peak of the coronavirus draws near.
04.07.20 (Harvard Business Reveiw)
What Will U.S. Health Care Look Like After the Pandemic?
Amidst the immediacy of this crisis, it is important to begin to consider the question of what the American health care system might look like once the current rush has passed. What can the system learn from the existential challenges it faces due to the spread of Covid-19?
04.05.20 (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)
US Braces for Tough COVID-19 Week; Deaths Drop in Parts of Europe
Top US health officials today warned that the nation is in for a tough week ahead with more COVID-19 cases and deaths, as activity in some European countries showed more signs of slowing.
04.04.20 (FOX News)
Trump Says CDC Wants Americans to Cover Faces with Cloth Amid Coronavirus
President Trump on Friday announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending Americans wear facial coverings made of cloth while out in public to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
04.02.20 (ABC News)
What we Know and Don't About Asymptomatic Transmission and Coronavirus
With new stories emerging about the rapid spread of COVID-19, public health experts are now warning the public to stay inside even if they feel healthy. The reason? You may be an asymptomatic carrier.
04.01.20 (NBC 4 New York)
FEMA Sending 250 Ambulances, 500 EMTs as 911 Calls Hit Record High in NYC
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that FEMA was sending 250 ambulances and about 500 EMTs and paramedics to the city, with 135 of those ambulances and 270 nurses already having arrived.
Trump's Alarming Message Portends Tragic Days Ahead
President Donald Trump leveled with America about the desperate reality of the coronavirus pandemic, warning of cruel weeks to come in one of the most chilling White House moments in modern history.
Balance of Power Podcast
GMR's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ed Racht, discusses how the skills EMTs and paramedics possess could help rescue over-crowded hospitals, especially during this pandemic.
3.30.20 (CBS NewYork)
Coronavirus Update: A Look Inside Brookdale Hospital’s Medical Warzone
Across New York City, health care workers face tremendous challenges to treat patients, and at Brooklyn’s Brookdale Hospital Medical Center they are at their maximum capacity.
3.30.20 (Global Medical Response Press Release)
GMR, AMR Deploy to Epicenter of U.S. COVID-19 Outbreak
Global Medical Response is deploying hundreds of EMTs, Paramedics and ambulances to New York State
to provide EMS support under AMR’s FEMA contract.
3.30.20 (BBC News)
Coronavirus: A Visual Guide to the Pandemic
There are more than 720,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with the US recording more than any other country, including China. Europe has also seen a surge in cases.
Trump Signs Historic $2 Trillion Stimulus after Congress Passes it Friday
President Donald Trump signed into law Friday afternoon a historic $2 trillion stimulus package as the American public and the US economy fight the devastating spread of Covid-19.
3.27.20 (Washington Post)
We Need Smart Solutions to Mitigate the Coronavirus’s Impact. Here are 12.
American Ambulance Association president, Aaron Reinert, expalins how emergency responders can help beseiged hospitals. His is one of 12 essays on how to respond to COVID-19.
3.27.20 (Kaiser Health News)
In Coronavirus Relief Bill, Hospitals Poised To Get Massive Infusion Of Cash
A massive funding bill will steer an unprecedented amount of cash to the nation’s hospitals that are or soon will be struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
3.26.20 (The Hill)
Fauci Says US Needs to be Prepared for Coronavirus to be Cyclical
Americans need to be prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 could become a seasonal disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned during a White House briefingearrlier this week.
Senate Passes $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill — House Aims for Friday Vote
The Senate passed a $2 trillion economic relief package to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.It now heads to the House, which hopes to approve it by Friday.
States Get Creative To Find And Deploy More Health Workers In COVID-19 Fight
Retired doctors and medical students are signing up to take clinical shifts and help ease the impact on healthcare systems in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
3.24.20 (BBC News)
Will Warm Weather Really Kill Off COVID-19?
Some hope that outbreaks of the new coronavirus will wane as temperatures rise, but pandemics often don’t behave in the same way as seasonal outbreaks.
3.23.20 (CNN Health)
US Surgeon General Warns 'this week, it's going to get bad' as hospitals struggle to keep up with new coronavirus cases
The war against coronavirus has intensified across the country as more workers are laid off, medical supplies dwindle, and states enact new rules to get Americans to stay home. "I want America to understand -- this week, it's going to get bad," US Surgeon General Jerome Adams told NBC's "Today" show Monday.
3.22.20 (Medical News Today)
COVID-19: Five Reasons to be Cautiously Hopeful
Researchers are hard at work trying to understand, treat and prevent the new coronavirus. This article looks at some of their results.
3.21.20 (CBS News)
"Very Difficult to Predict" How Long "Stay-at-Home" Orders will Last, Dr. Fauci Says
As some state governors have begun issuing statewide stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unclear how long they might last says Dr. Anthony Fauci.
3.20.20 (Fox Business)
Blood Donors Needed in the Midst of Coronavirus Outbreak
Dr. Ed Racht, Global Medical Response chief medical officer says his 38,000 EMTs paramedics and nurses are seeing an influx of coronavirus patients.
3.20.20 (ABC News)
Americans Told 'Do Not Travel' Overseas by State Department Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The State Department is urging all Americans "do not travel" abroad because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The department issued its highest-level alert.
3.19.20 (New Scientist)
Coronavirus Latest News: China Reports no New Local Cases
For the first time since the outbreak began in late December, China reported that yesterday there were no new local cases of the coronavirus. The lockdown could be lifted in Wuhan, China, once there are no new cases for 14 days.
3.18.20 (Health Affairs)
Unpacking The Coverage Provisions In The House Coronavirus Bill
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is multi-billion dollar legislation to provide emergency funds to address the crisis.
3.17.20 (The News & Observer)
Social Distancing During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Here’s What to Know
Social distancing is “increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness.” The World Health Organization recommends staying at least three feet away from others.
White House Advises Public to Avoid Groups of More than Ten
The White House advised all Americans to avoid groups of more than 10 and urged older people to stay at home in a set of new guidelines designed to fight a spreading coronavirus outbreak.
First Responders Limiting Access to Public, Using Extra Caution in Anticipation of COVID-19
First responders are taking extra precautions and canceling any unnecessary contact with the public as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grows.
3.14.20 (San Fransisco Examiner)
Health Officials Ramping up Testing Capacity
Over the last month, medical workers from the Department of Public Health, NORCAL Ambulance and AMR have been dispatched to homes, hospitals and medical facilities to collect novel coronavirus samples and transport patients.
3.13.20 (EMS 1)
IAFC Launches Coronavirus Task Force
The task force will monitor the coronavirus and develop recommendations for ways that fire departments can protect their members while continuing to serve their communities.
2.11.20 (NBC News)
Coronavirus Gets Official Name from WHO: COVID-19
The new coronavirus that’s sickened more than 42,000 people in China now has an official name: COVID-19. It stands for the coronavirus disease that was discovered in 2019.
2.7.20 (khon News)
EMS Providing Backup Screening for Coronavirus
EMS crews provide an extra layer of screening against the coronavirus, and can also back up state and federal agencies when needed.
2.2.20 (Dept. of Homeland Security)
DHS Issues Restrictions On Inbound Flights With Individuals Who Have Been In China
WASHINGTON — In response to the evolving threat of the novel coronavirus, and to minimize the risk of spreading within the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today will begin enforcing restrictions for all passenger flights to the United States carrying individuals who have recently traveled from the People’s Republic of China.
NH First Responders Say They're Ready to Deal with Coronavirus
New Hampshire state and local agencies coordinate procedures as first responders like AMR prepare to screen for the virus.
1.28.20 (KOLD News)
911 Centers Screen for Coronavirus Symptoms in Southern Arizona
Operators at 911 centers across southern Arizona are screening calls for possible cases of coronavirus. AMR teams across the country rolled out the safety measure Friday following a recommendation from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch and local medical directors.