Capital City Fire/Rescue initiates temporary “quarantine at home” protocol
In an effort to help “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic in Juneau, Capital City Fire/Rescue in conjunction with Bartlett Regional Hospital will be initiating a temporary “quarantine at home” protocol for certain 911 transports. At this time, operations will continue as normal. When 911 is called to request an ambulance, one will be dispatched. A highly trained medical provider will then evaluate the situation, treat any needs, and care for any immediate threats to life.
The new protocol changes occur in the decision of whether that ambulance will transport to Bartlett Regional Hospital or recommend quarantine at home when the complaint is COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) related, i.e. fever or general illness. This will be in an effort to provide hospital beds to immunocompromised and high-risk individuals, and is in following with current CDC guidelines for pre-hospital medical care.
Should you meet criteria for quarantining at home, do know that follow-up care will be available. A home health care provider or a CARES community paramedic can visit you to ensure that you and your family’s health care needs are met.
For more information, contact Fire Chief Rich Etheridge at (907) 586-0251 or Rich.Etheridge@juneau.org.