Transporting wounded inmate to hospital.
National EMS Week, May 16-22, is a time to thank those who provide Emergency Medical Services. This year’s theme is “Caring for Communities” recognizing the vital role EMS plays within Carson City. EMS Week is an opportunity for Carson City Fire Department to demonstrate where EMS is today – and where it’s headed tomorrow.
Nearly 90 percent of emergency calls require medical intervention. The Fire Department’s EMS division provides advanced life support 24-hours a day. All staff are dual-trained Firefighter/Paramedics, Firefighter/EMT, or Firefighter/Advanced EMT, and are well-equipped for any emergency in their jurisdiction and surrounding areas. The EMS division strives to advance with technology and improve efficiency to support the growing need for emergency medical services in Carson City and surrounding jurisdictions.
The EMS division recently purchased and implemented a new life saving piece of equipment for sudden cardiac arrest patients, called AutoPulse. The AutoPulse provides high-quality CPR continuously without interruptions. The AutoPulse measures the chest of a patient and then a band squeezes around the chest and provides uninterrupted CPR, improving blood flow to the heart and brain. A recent study showed the AutoPulse can decrease interruptions in CPR by 85%. With this device, responders can now concentrate on other life saving measures such as breathing and medications for patients. Responders have little to no interruptions in CPR during movement of the patient in homes or stairways, difficult terrains, or transport in a moving ambulance.
Around-the-clock Carson City’s emergency medical responders care for their community, offering compassion to those in critical need. The AutoPulse device is a key element in increasing resilience, Carson City Fire Department is making every additional effort in life-saving practices. During the week-long initiative honoring EMS professionals, community members are encouraged to reach out and thank emergency medical service practitioners for their remarkable service.
YouTube link to Carson City Fire Department’s AutoPulse video – https://youtu.be/b1VyfHosLto
Welcome to the FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense against COVID funeral scams.
Recently, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) started providing up to $9,000 in reimbursement funds to applicants for each COVID-19 related funeral for which they were responsible. Let’s say you had a parent die, and the death certificate confirms COVID was the cause. You paid for the funeral and have receipts to prove it. You can apply to FEMA for reimbursement.
If you were responsible for multiple funerals, you can apply for a total of up to $35,500. There are some restrictions in terms of eligibility for the funds, and anyone who is interested in applying should check FEMA.govfor all eligibility requirements (https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq)
As with any disaster or relief program, scam artists will attempt to take advantage of those most in need. According to FEMA, one particular fraud that is already taking root involves bad actors who offer to help you apply for aid. Note: there is only one way to apply for FEMA’s funeral aid, and that is by calling FEMA directly at 844-684-6333. There is no online application process and no legitimate way that others can apply on your behalf.
Here’s how to protect yourself:
Don’t respond to any third-party offer, email, text message, or social media post offering to help you get aid.
Don’t respond to any solicitation that looks like it is from FEMA directly. FEMA will not contact you unless you make the initial call.
Never give out personal information – including name, date of birth, Social Security number or other sensitive information – for yourself or for your deceased relative unless you made the call to FEMA and you know you are speaking to a FEMA representative.
If you believe are a victim of an online scam, you should report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.
The shot that cures
When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations. That includes local business and workplace guidance. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
Guidance for Unvaccinated People
If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others. Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially around people who don’t live with you. Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Being in crowds makes you more likely to get or spread COVID-19, so avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces. And wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
Continued Use of COVID-19 Prevention Strategies in Schools
CDC recommends schools continue to use the COVID-19 prevention strategies outlined in the current version of CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools for at least the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic school year.
Students will not be fully vaccinated by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Children under 12 are not yet eligible for vaccination, while youth ages 12- 15 became eligible for vaccination on May 12, 2021. Because people are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, students in this age group will not be fully vaccinated before the end of current school year.
- Systems and policy adjustments may be required for schools to change mask requirements for students and staff while continuing to ensure the safety of unvaccinated populations.C
CDC will update its guidance for schools in the coming weeks. Updated guidance can inform school planning for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Submitted by the Carson City School District
It is good news to hear the CDC has eased outdoor and indoor mask-wearing guidance. We are hopeful of more normality on the horizon. However, to be more fully clear for our parents, families, employees and educators, the Carson City School District will continue to follow the health and safety protocols that currently exists within the district and the COVID-19 Mitigation Transition Plan set forth by the Carson City Board of Supervisors. Therefore, for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, masks will continue to be required indoors and where individuals are unable to socially distance, regardless of vaccination status.
Face coverings must be worn on all school campuses and sites, on school buses and during school-associated activities by all students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors. We will revisit the plan this summer and make any necessary changes prior to the start of school, but we do look forward to the possibilities of normal “school as usual” for the coming 2021-2022 school year.
For more information, please contact the Carson City School District at 775-283-2100.