Free first responder COVID testing available in Huntingdon County

  • Source: Gettysburg Times
  • Published: 12/03/2020 12:00 AM

The Huntingdon County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the county commissioners have started a program to allow the county’s first responders to receive free COVID testing. County EMA director Joe Thompson explained the criteria for testing for first responders. “The no-cost testing is now available for three situations,” he said. “The first priority will be for EMS providers who develop symptoms after a high-risk exposure with a patient with COVID-19.” High-risk exposure situations include a prolonged contact, which is considered longer than 15 minutes, with a COVID-positive patient who was not wearing a mask and the EMS provider was not wearing a higher-level mask or full personal protective equipment (PPE) for any period of time during a procedure where aerosols from the patient could have emerged. Testing is also offered to EMS providers, including firefighters and law enforcement, who have had a high-risk exposure and are experiencing symptoms.


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