Meigs EMS Adjusting Protocol to COVID-19

POMEROY, Ohio – With the current situation with COVID-19 and almost daily changes in how many offices and services function, the Meigs County EMS is also adjusting as well.

In a statement released from Meigs County EMS, it was announced that crews will immediately begin screening patients that call for their services. Any patient that calls for symptoms of a flu-like illness will be assessed by the crews at the scene of the call. The crew will then make a decision as to whether or not the patient’s condition requires transport to an emergency department. If the patient condition requires further evaluation at an emergency department, that patient will be placed in isolation precautions and transported as appropriate. If it is decided that the patient does not meet criteria making transport necessary, they will be educated on the best practices to manage their condition. These decisions will been made in coordination with our medical director and local healthcare resources.

Meigs County EMS stated they are not conducting COVID-19 testing in the field.

If you are feeling ill and believe you may be exhibiting symptoms of the COVID 19 Coronavirus, it is recommended you contact your primary care physician by phone for further direction. Also, Ohio Department of Health has a hotline available at 1-833-427-5634. Holzer Health System also can be contacted at 740-446-5000 for further guidance.

According to the statement, “These steps have been taken in accordance with direction from Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.”