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EMT's and ambulance service providers prepare for the coronavirus

Posted: 6:23 PM, Mar 05, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-05 19:23:06-05
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VILLAGE OF ASHWAUBENON, Wis — Across northeast Wisconsin local fire departments and EMT's are preparing for the potential spread of the coronavirus. Today NBC26 learned that in Brown County, ambulance service providers are currently working with local hospitals to learn more about the deadly virus and how to prepare for it.

If the coronavirus were to hit northeast Wisconsin, first responders and EMT's would likely be some of the first to make contact with the deadly virus. That's why at Ashwaubenon's Public Safety Department they've brought in medical experts to reinforce safety practices to try and prevent its spread.

Doctor Steve Stroman with the BayCare Clinic says over the last couple of weeks he's been speaking with many departments in northeast Wisconsin about the importance of making sure all surfaces used to transport patients are disinfected regularly. He also reinforces common practices like wearing safety goggles, gloves, and respiratory masks to help keep the virus at bay. It's a message he says he's sharing with several first responders across the region.

"With the Covid-19 being a new bug this year, we have increased the education to where it's become one of the prime components of our monthly conferences."

From respiratory masks to special gowns worn for protection from the virus, Ashwaubenon public safety members say they are treating the potential breakout of the virus in northeast Wisconsin much like the spread of the flu virus.