911 responders to ask about virus symptoms, exposure

CRESA says questions will help protect first responders

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a few changes at the county level this week.

Starting this week, 911 dispatchers and call takers working with the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) will ask questions regarding potential exposure to COVID-19.

The disease, which is caused by a novel coronavirus discovered in December of 2019, has infected at least 1.3 million people worldwide and killed more than 74,000 people.

Dispatchers and 911 call takers will ask callers if they or anyone at the scene is experiencing fever, coughing or difficulty breathing — the main symptoms of COVID-19 — and if they have been around anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. If they are showing symptoms of the disease or have been around a person known to have the virus, first responders will ask to meet the patient in front of or outside of their location.

In a press release, CRESA stated the questions will not delay response times and intended to provide first responders with safety information. e part of an effort to provide responders with safety information.

“Callers’ answers will help responders be prepared on arrival,” the press release states. “We appreciate your patience and cooperation as CRESA 911 adapts to changing conditions, and as a community we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Clark County and across our region.”

 

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