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EMS Special Memo 20-003.1

Download EMS Special Memo 20-003.1: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Management

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EMS Licensing, Certification and Training Requirements: COVID-19

The California EMS Authority (EMSA) is providing an update on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) guidance following today's new announcements by Governor Gavin Newsom:

EMS Licensing, Certification and Training Requirements

The Governor's Executive Order dated March 30, 2020, allows EMSA to suspend statutory and regulatory requirements for EMS Personnel to ensure the continued operation of emergency medical systems during the COVID-19 outbreak. EMSA Director Dr. Dave Duncan has adopted a policy regarding EMS licensure, certification, and training to implement the Executive Order.

Policy to Ensure the Continued Operation of the EMS System

California Health Corps

Today, Governor Newsom also launched a major new initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps.

Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit for more information and to register for the California Health Corps. 

Other EMS-related guidance can be found on EMSA’s COVID-19 Resource Portal at

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EMS Development and Improvement Workgroup Rescheduled

The Sonoma County EMS Development and Improvement Workgroup cancelled due to the Sonoma Complex Fires has been rescheduled for February 9, 2018, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM.

This workgroup will have the opportunity to engage with various aspects of EMS in Sonoma County, including the establishment of non-competitive operating areas, designing a Request for Proposal for the Exclusive Operating Area serving Santa Rosa and surrounding communities, and updating the Sonoma County EMS ordinance, as well as other issues that arise throughout the process.

The first meeting will take place on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 9:30-11:00 AM at the Sonoma County Water Agency. The initial meeting is open to anyone interested in participating.

RSVPs for the meeting are requested to help us ensure the size of the meeting space is adequate, but they are not required. Please RSVP using our SurveyMonkey page:

Please direct any questions or concerns to James Salvante at (707) 565-6503 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Unusual occurrence reporting and staff communications

Due to recent technical issues, we have made the following updates to our website:

  1. Unusual occurrence reporting: please use our fill-and-print pdf form to submit Unusual Occurrence Reports to our QI Coordinator.
  2. Staff communication: in addition to their phone number, we have listed the email address of each staff member on our Contact Us staff directory. You may contact our staff directly with any questions or concerns.

Please note that no changes have been made to our Data System Support Helpdesk online ticketing system.

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EMSA Memo Regarding Data System Requirements

The California EMS Authority (EMSA)has released interim guidance for EMS system regulators and provider agencies regarding changes to EMS law. You can read the memo here, which includes information about the statutory changes in effect now and EMSA’s plans to update regulations in accordance with the law.

Going forward, Coastal Valleys EMS Agency will work with our provider agencies within Sonoma and Mendocino Counties to implement the mandated changes to the way we deal with data in our system. The topic of EMS data will be on the agenda for both Mendocino and Sonoma County EMCC meetings over the next few months.

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Coastal Valleys EMS Agency
195 Concourse Blvd., Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-6501
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