NYS DOH Requesting Assistance With Nursing Home COVID Testing



For Immediate Distribution to all EMS Agencies

The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems is seeking assistance in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you will find the details for a statewide mobilization request to conduct COVID testing of nursing home residents in all regions of NYS. This effort will be coordinated through the Department of Health and the Regional Program Agencies throughout the state. All testing supplies and equipment will be provided by NYS along with required PPE to conduct testing. 

Agencies responding to this request will be individually contacted by the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services to coordinate the deployment. Responses are requested by 8am on Tuesday May 26, 2020.

Request Number:52520A
Resource Requested:EMT & Paramedics for COVID Testing in Nursing Homes. The request is for certified EMS personnel. Ambulances or first response vehicles are only needed for transportation of personnel and equipment to and from assigned sites. Patient transportation is not anticipated. 
Number Requested:No Limit
Deployment Location:All regions of NYS
Deployment Period:May 27, 2020 – June 7, 2020
Operational Periods:12 hours/day
State Funding:Funding Authorized· BLS Crew (Two (2) NYS DOH certified EMT’s): $140/hr· ALS Crew (One (1) NYS DOH certified EMT and one (1) NYS DOH certified EMT-Critical Care or Paramedic): $165/hr
Survey Link:https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/ems-mobilization-request-52520a

From Herkimer & Oneida County for EMS Week!

Nominations Requested

Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon seeking nominations of EMS employees in honor of EMS week.

As we continue to battle the ongoing public health crisis, the Assemblywoman would like to honor the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our communities. Therefore, she is inviting EMS agencies to nominate two individuals who have gone above and beyond to protect the Mohawk Valley. 

All entries must include the nominee’s name, place of work and a brief sentence on why he or she has been nominated. Submissions must be submitted via email to buttenschonm@assembly.gov by May 23, 2020. 

Each nominee will receive an award and public recognition by the Assemblywoman.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at knoopt@nyassembly.gov or buttenschonm@nyassembly.gov.

RESOURCE Change for Saturday, May, 16th

Please be advised that due to reasons beyond our control, the RESOURCE line will not be manned by an operator SUNDAY, May 17th from 0700-1830 hrs. Please continue to utilize the RESOURCE phone number during this time. There will be an automated system in place during that time frame that will allow for providers to press a specific number to be patched through to a specific hospital to give report. Please do not call the receiving hospital directly if at all possible. Any issues or problems, please notify Vinny, Dan or Melissa ASAP.

Happy Nurses Week!

Thank you to all nurses, for all that you do!!

REMSCO Meeting

Anyone who would like to join the Midstate REMSCO meeting tonight, you can access the Webex meeting by the following:

https://midstateremsco.my.webex.com/midstateremsco.my/j.php?MTID=m438b0095938aca9ac05e74779f420339 the meeting number is “794 497 530” and the password is “remsco” (736726 from phones and video systems)

First Responder COVID-19 Testing

Midstate Information Vol.10

Vital Signs Academy can be reached by clicking on the link at the top of this home page.

Free CME Opportunities Available From the Comfort of Your Living Room!

The NYS DOH BEMSAT are offering free 1 hour webinars on the Vital Signs Academy. Throughout the month of May they will offer three webinars a week. These webinars run from 6-7pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Following the completion of each webinar a survey will pop up with a small handful of questions. Complete and submit this survey and you will receive a certificate for 1 hour CME via email 2-3 weeks later. You may Sign up by clicking on the Vital Signs Academy link at the top of this page. Once you are there, click on “calendar” to see the nightly topics. All topics of April’s webinars were Click on the topic to see the full title and how to sign up!

Next week’s topics are:

  • 5/5 Pediatric and Geri Trauma with Anthony Caligurie
  • 5/6 When Your Patient Reacts – The Breaking Point with Chris Ebright
  • 5/7 Crashing Asthma with Daniel Batsie

Say Cheese! 📸

2020 is obviously going to be the year that we all start to do things a little differently! Due to the pandemic that has changed the world forever, many things we all look forward to have been cancelled, or at the least, indefinitely postponed. This includes EMS Week 2020. Unfortunately we will not be able to hold our annual EMS Banquet and Awards Presentation next month. But we can’t let current events stop us from celebrating who we are and what we do! We are asking for all crews, shifts, agencies, departments or organizations who do EMS to sent us some pictures! We want to see, and be able to share, pictures of your smiling faces, shiny rigs, spiffy rescues, and your comfy quarters!

Please email us your pictures (preferably in .jpeg format,) on or before May 13th. You can send all submissions to REMSCO@midstateems.org. We will be posting collages of the submissions throughout EMS Week, May 17th-23rd!