Paramedic tests positive for coronavirus after being exposed at work

Apr 6 2020, 7:24 am

A Peel paramedic has tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed to the virus while at work, according to Peel Public Health.

The public health unit said the exposure happened when the paramedic and their partner responded to a motor vehicle collision. They followed all procedures as the patient was transported to hospital.

Both paramedics were put in isolation and no other patients, paramedics, or staff were exposed.

Only one of the paramedics has tested positive and shown symptoms, and is now in isolation at home.

“Thankfully, our paramedic is okay right now,” said Peter Dundas, chief of Peel Paramedics.

“At the time of the call, the medical direction was to only use PPE on calls dispatched with a positive COVID-19 screen. Last week, we took extra steps to protect our teams and they now wear masks and eye protection, in addition to gloves, for all calls.”

Peel Public Health said that paramedics have also taken several steps for protection from exposure to coronavirus while on calls.

“This includes asking bystanders and family members to leave the treatment area or provide them with a mask if they need to be there. In addition, no family members can be transported in the ambulance with a patient, unless they are an unaccompanied minor, and no bags or personal belongings from the patient are allowed inside.”

Peel Paramedics serves Brampton and Mississauga, and the Town of Caledon, and responds to more than 142,000 911 calls every year, according to a release.