Coronavirus (COVID-19) EMS Resource Page

Maine EMS is working on behalf of the EMS providers and people of Maine by closely monitoring and working with best available information about the dynamic evolution of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19).  We are working with partners at the Maine CDC, Federal CDC, Governors Office and a variety of healthcare experts.

Maine EMS is preparing for the potential spread in Maine of the respiratory illness called COVID-19, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. We urge Maine people to practice good hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider, who will determine whether you should be tested and, as appropriate, submit a sample for testing.

Operational Resources


Weekly COVID Updates
(visit our calendar on the homepage to download the meeting to your calendar)

  • EMS Services & Personnel
    Thursdays at 1230Coronavirus in Maine picture
    Zoom Web Link: https://zoom.us/j/611823504
    Zoom Call In Number: 1 646 558 8656
    Zoom Meeting ID: 611 823 504

  • EMD Centers & Personnel
    After the May 21 meeting, every 2 weeks on Thursdays at 1330
    Zoom Web Link: https://zoom.us/j/737268236
    Zoom Call In Number: 1 646 558 8656

    Zoom Meeting ID:737 268 236

  • Medical Direction & Practices Board
    Mondays at 0800  NOTE - The May 25 (Memorial Day) meeting is moved to Tuesday May 26 at 0800.
    Zoom Web Link: https://zoom.us/j/3450241513
    Zoom Call In Number: 1 646 558 8656
    Zoom Meeting ID:345 024 1513


Personnel Resource Documents

Visit the Maine EMS "Stay Healthy in EMS" Resources Page

EMS Service Spreadsheet for Documenting EMS Employee Screening (XLS) (updated 3/15/2020)

Model EMS Employee Screening Guidelines (PDF) (updated 3/15/2020)

Maine EMS COVID Clinician Update (PDF) (updated 3/15/2020)

Maine EMS Clinician Quarantine Guide (PDF) (updated May 4, 2020)

Return to Work Guidelines (PDF) (updated May 4, 2020)


Equipment Resources

PPE supply requests should be routed through local County Emergency Management Agencies (EMAs).  You can find your local EMA contact information by visiting the website here.

Understanding the PPE Request Process (PDF) (4/9/2020)

Use of Structural Firefighting Gear and SCBA During A COVID-19 Response (4/3/2020) (PDF)

Guidance for Optimizing the Supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for EMS Clinicians (3/27/2020)

Which Mask to Use? (PDF)

Donning and Doffing PPE video from NETC (Youtube Video)

Counterfeit KN95 Mask Warning (PDF) (4/19/2020)

Two-Way Radio decontamination guidelines (Contact radio manufacturer if questions or not listed)



Licensing & Training Resources

By authority approved and delegated by the Maine Board of EMS, in accordance with emergency legislation passed by Governor Janet Mills, Maine EMS is waiving certain rules pertaining to re-licensure for both Maine licensed EMS and EMD personnel. This waiver is approved in support of maintaining an effective EMS system response capability.  Waivers have been enacted that apply to EMS and EMD personnel, as well as EMS services in Maine.  All EMD centers expire biannually in November, so are currently not affected.  Email notifications have been sent directly to every EMS & EMD provider and EMS services whose license expires in March, April or May and is affected by this waiver (the email was sent to the email address as listed in their license record.  This can be updated by following these instructions). 

Please note that providers and services do not need to do anything for this extension to occur - we are automatically extending all expiration dates for licenses due to expire in March, April or May.  If you have the ability and the requisite CEHs to renew your license, please submit normally and we will review and renew as per normal.

Any questions can be sent to maine.ems@maine.gov

Copies of the notifications are:

 

Certification Policies and Guidelines from other organizations


COVID-19 Resource Links

Governor Mills Proclamation of Civil Emergency (PDF)

National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) COVID-19 Resources