EMS Change in operations

Attention citizens of Morgan County, we are constantly working to ensure the health and safety of the citizens we serve. With that in mind, certain changes to our methods of operation have become necessary to ensure patients are being managed in a way that best consumes the resources we have and are able to obtain through our vendors.

The Malta & McConnelsville Fire Department building will be in a lock-down mode and the general public cannot obtain entry without being first seen by a paid staff, or fire department member. Please be advised that Malta & McConnelsville Fire Department EMS crews will immediately begin screening patients that call for our services. Any patient that calls for symptoms of a flu-like illness will be assessed by the crews by phone or at the scene depending on the situation. The crew will then decide as to whether the patient’s condition requires transport to an emergency department. If the patient condition requires further evaluation at an emergency department, that patient will be transported as appropriate deemed by the crew. If it is decided that the patient does not meet criteria making transport necessary, they will be educated on the best practices to manage their condition.

These decisions will be made in coordination with our medical director and local healthcare resources.

Again, we are not and will not conduct COVID-19 testing in the field.

If you are feeling ill and believe you may be exhibiting symptoms of the COVID 19 Coronavirus, it is recommended you contact your primary care physician by phone for further direction. Also, Ohio Department of Health has a hotline available at 1-833-427-5634. These steps have been taken in accordance with direction from Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.

Thank-you for your understanding in these troubling times, and please be safe!