The Garrett County Emergency Service organizations have been working with each other to collaborate and organize response efforts in the community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Garrett County Emergency Operations Center was activated on March 22, 2020. This center offers strategy and coordination for public safety and health agencies across Garrett County.
Over the past month, clinicians and administrative staff have been preparing for the potential increase of COVID-19 cases in the region. Thus, new medical protocols have been implemented to mitigate the strain on healthcare resources and each first responder has been issued personal protective equipment for daily operations.
Appropriate infection control measures and precautions are being taken when responding and transporting all patients. The protocol is being followed to maintain safety standards for responders, patients, and equipment concerning COVID-19.
“I would like to assure the public that Emergency Services, all of our local rescue squads, and fire departments are prepared to continue providing emergency medical services and the best possible care to the citizens of Garrett County and surrounding areas during this pandemic emergency,” said Wayne Tiemersma, Chief of Garrett County Emergency Services.
There is no anticipated lapse in emergency response capabilities or longer than normal response times to calls for service.
For community members with medical questions regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please utilize the Garrett County Health Department website https://garretthealth.org/coronavirus
or telephone hotline at 301-334-7698.
For emergencies please dial 911.