While officials insist first responders in Wisconsin are ready to safely handle the likely spread of coronavirus, some haven’t been able to order new protective masks and not all 911 dispatchers are following national recommendations to keep paramedics safe.
Emergency personnel are looking to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for guidance as the virus becomes a larger threat. Officials confirmed a third case of COVID-19 in Wisconsin Tuesday.
They’re hoping not to repeat mistakes in Washington state, where firefighters reportedly weren’t always wearing masks as they responded multiple times to an unusually high volume of medical problems in a nursing home. Residents there eventually tested positive for the virus. Many firefighters were then quarantined and one has tested positive.