Health Department Contact Information for Incident Management Teams (IMTs)
Source: Wildland Fire Medical and Public health Advisory Team (MPHAT)
Upon resource order for the fire incident, the IMT should
- Locate the counties and the county health department where the fire is located
- Visit the county health and the state health department website to locate:
- The COVID-19 call numbers.
- The COVID- 19 contact (when available).
- Any information about how the county health department wants employers to respond or report COVID-19 cases.
- Before traveling to an incident call the county COVID-19 call line. You will likely leave a message or talk to an operator. Please be patient if you do not talk with a person or if your questions are not answered right away, public health authorities may be busy.
- If you are able to talk with someone, let them know about your IMT, the fire incident, your anticipated COVID procedures. Use the information below as a guide:
- Your name and your team.
- The fire name and approximate location.
- The IMT COVID-19 Coordinator name and contact information (if known).
- Approximate and anticipated number of workers coming on site.
- Any MPHAT/Agency/ICT COVID-19 policies or other pertinent information.
- Testing policies or actions (if known) including
- What the IMT plans to do with symptomatic individuals, close contacts, positive cases, and testing (if known). Use the back of this document as a starting point.
- How to engage and any guidance from the health department about their policies such as:
- Does the health department want regular check-ins from the IMT? If so, at what interval, who is the point of contact, and what information do they want to receive?
- When a worker becomes symptomatic, does the health department want to be notified and coordinate testing and follow-up care? If not, does the health department have recommendations on who in the county can provide care and where should the worker go to obtain a test.
- Hospital, urgent care, and testing locations.
- If the IMT is using point of care ‘rapid’ testing devices, how does the fire report results and at what interval to the health department?
- How engaged, what is the process for, and what will the timing be for case investigation and contact tracing and outbreak investigations?
- What is a workplace outbreak (more than 2 cases) and when does the county want to be notified and how?
- Is the health department in agreement with the IMT sending asymptomatic or mildly sick personnel to their home unit (away from this county). If so, does the health department have guidance?
|Local and State Health Department Information|
|State Health Department COVID-19 Contact information including:|
|Local Health Department COVID-19 Contact information including:|
|Local County Health Department Point of Contact Name and Contact Information|
|Health Department Guidance On|
Does the health department want to be notified of symptomatic workers at a fire? If yes, what is the process?If not, where can workers receive care and obtain tests in the county?
|Hospital, urgent care, and testing locations and names|
|If testing is performed at a fire outside of a clinical laboratory (e.g., rapid point of care device testing) how does the IMT report results and at what interval to the health department?|
|For case investigation and contact tracing, how engaged with the health department be, what is the process for this, and what will the timing be for these processes?|
|What is a workplace outbreak (>2 cases) and when does the county want to be notified and how?|
|Can the IMT send asymptomatic or mildly sick COVID-19 positive workers back to their home unit? If so, does the health department have guidance on this?|
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