Peel paramedical tests positive for COVID-19 during labor

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A paramedic from the Peel region tested positive for the coronavirus, according to health officials.

Peel Public Health says the exposure occurred while paramedics and their partner were at work in response to a motor vehicle collision.

The two paramedics were placed in solitary confinement and only one of them presented with symptoms and has since tested positive.

“No other patients, paramedics or personnel were exposed,” said health officials.

The date of the exposure was not given, but authorities said all procedures were followed when the patient was transported to the hospital.

“Fortunately, our paramedic is doing well right now,” said Peter Dundas, chief of paramedics, Peel.

“At the time of the call, medical management was to use PPE only on calls sent with a positive COVID-19 screen. Last week, we took additional steps to protect our teams and they are now wearing masks and goggles, in addition to gloves, for all calls. “

Peel’s paramedics have also taken additional steps to ask passersby and family members to leave the treatment area or provide them with a mask if they need it. In addition, no family member can be transported in the ambulance with a patient, unless he is an unaccompanied minor, and no bag or personal effects of the patient are allowed inside.

On Sunday, there are currently 485 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Peel region, including four deaths.

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