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Click here for a list of all the OEMS/MDPH documents released for EMS in one place or follow the links below.

FAQ and PPE Guidance for Nursing Home Responses were issued by OEMS  on 4/6/2020

Comprehensive PPE Guidance for EMS released April 4, 2020.

Temporary EMT CertificationIn accordance with the Commissioner of Public Health’s April 3, 2020 order maximizing health care provider availability, to respond to Governor Baker’s declared State of Emergency, the Department is issuing temporary EMT certification, upon request, to applicants who either:

  • Currently hold EMT certification/licensure, at any level) in another state, which has not been revoked, suspended, surrendered or are otherwise not in good standing in another state; OR
  • Previously held Massachusetts EMT certification, but it has expired within the last 10 years (at any level). This does not include certifications that have been revoked, suspended or surrendered

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Excellent Guidance on who should where what PPE released 3/22/20.

OEMS released this guidance (3/14/2020) based on the latest CDC recommendations. The also released several waivers to address staffing and training needs. Follow this link and scroll about half way down the page.

Massachusetts continues to prepare for the potential outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, that originated in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The risk of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth is low; in contrast, the risk of flu is high.

Our Department of Public Health staff have been in constant contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, and launched a site that includes extensive information and is a “source of truth” at: mass.gov/2019coronavirus. The site includes resources and fact sheets translated in multiple languages that can be printed and shared.

These simple precautions will help prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, using a tissue or the inside of your elbow
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently and use hand sanitizer
  • If you have a fever or feel sick, stay home and call your healthcare provider
  • Get the flu vaccine – it is not too late! Find more information on the flu and where to get a flu vaccine here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/what-should-i-know-about-flu

Please stay informed by visiting both the MDPH and CDC websites. Agencies are encouraged to review your own Continuation of Operations Plans. To prepare for potential community spread of COVID-19, please think about your own personal preparedness and visit our preparedness website to learn more about developing a preparedness plan for you and your family


Here is a great, simple procedure sheet for EMS to follow if  you have a patient presenting with respiratory symptoms and a fever. Thank you to UMass for sharing!

Here is the CDC screening tool for 2019-nCoV