Update from Mountain View FPD
April 1, 2020
Weld County as well as Boulder County 911 dispatchers are screening patients who call 911 with fever, shortness of breath or any other upper respiratory symptoms. Part of the screening process also involves questioning about recent travel outside and within the country. This information obtained by dispatchers is shared with our medical personnel before arrival.
Mountain View Fire Rescue paramedics and firefighters are being provided up to date information as we receive it. If COVID-19 is suspected from an individual calling 911, our personnel will limit their exposure by wearing personal protective equipment; including such items as gloves, masks, eyewear and other equipment as needed. We will limit our personnel's exposure as well to reduce secondary exposure to our men and women. We are requesting that if you have non-life-threatening flu-like symptoms, please contact your primary care physician (PCP). This is requested to reduce secondary exposure.
If our paramedics determine a patient is stable and not at risk, we may inform the patient to contact their PCP and remain at home. If the patient needs to be taken to the hospital and COVID-19 is suspected, MVFR personnel will take the necessary steps to create an isolation area in the back of our ambulances. We will notify the receiving hospital so they may prepare as well. Once the patient has been transferred, personnel will follow the District's decontamination and disinfection procedures. Decontamination and disinfection procedures are followed after every patient is transported to the hospital.
Please practice good hygiene practices and stay informed by getting up to date and accurate facts by visiting the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/npi or 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).