Fire & Paramedics
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) INFORMATION
Have questions or concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19)? The CDC has a website with the latest information, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, which is also available translated in Spanish and Chinese.
Locally, Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health is monitoring the situations. Saint Paul continues to work with our health partners and will follow the guidance of the medical experts. Their website has been updated with information at https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/health-medical/current-health-issues/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
Health officials recommend taking the same precautions for coronavirus (COVID-19) as you would for other respiratory illnesses such as the common cold and influenza:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Stay home when you are sick.
Do I need to wear a facemask?
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
If you are concerned or feel sick and either recently were in an area with COVID-19 cases, or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your primary health care provider to discuss further. Your doctor can review your risk factors, symptoms, concerns, and answer questions.
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has a website with information too, at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html. The Minnesota Department of Health has a hotline for questions the general public has about COVID-19: 651-201-3920. The MDH Situation Update can be found HERE
The World Health Organization has a website with updates, educational material, and other information at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
In alignment with the March 17th, 2020 Emergency Executive Order from our Mayor Melvin Carter III and the guidance from public health officials:
All fire department participation in community engagement events have been canceled
Safe-Haven Smoke/CO Detector installation and fire safety walkthroughs have been postponed
Public access to Fire Stations has been restricted
Walk-in blood pressure checks will be not be offered
The Saint Paul Fire Department protects the life and property of the people of Saint Paul.
We are a dedicated all hazard response agency comprised of firefighters, public educators, support staff and maintenance personnel - creating an effective team that are proud to serve the residents of our Capital City.
Congratulations to the Summer 2019 Fire Academy Graduates!