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If I'm an EMS worker or first responder, how can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

Last Updated: 04/28/2020

Persons needing 911 services or transportation to the hospital have been told to let EMS and other first responders know they have COVID-19 symptoms and to wear a mask. If they do not have a face mask, give them one as soon as possible.

EMS workers and first responders can protect themselves by wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment and practicing good hand hygiene. Be sure that your rig is cleaned after transporting a suspect COVID-19 person or person with respiratory symptoms.

NOTE: Many testing sites across the state have made exceptions to test first responders with valid credentials. You can find more information about these sites including their locations, hours, and testing requirements here.

In addition, first responders and health care workers, both career and volunteer, can access appointment-only, drive thru testing sites in the Meadowlands, Deptford, and Somerset. These sites have been opened by the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association, in partnership with Accurate Diagnostic Labs: