ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The coronavirus now has Mayo Clinic Ambulance taking extra precautions when bringing patients to the hospital.
When a call comes to 911, the patient will be asked some screened questions to determine if they may be suspected of having COVID-19 and then another screening is done when paramedics arrive.
The results of those screenings will determine if the paramedic needs to dress differently to treat the patient and reduce exposure risk.
Responding paramedics will wear gowns over their normal uniforms, gloves, and a mask with a face shield for calls with possible COVID-19 patients.
"I think the big thing is for the public to know the appropriate numbers to call and get through the system so they are not all rushing to the emergency department," said Mayo Clinic Ambulance Medical Director Emergency Physician Dr. Anuradha Luke. "This isn't a panic situation."
Paramedics will need to add this extra layer of protection for all possible COVID-19 related cases until Mayo Clinic and the CDC tell the ambulance service otherwise.