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Shaheen Calls on Administration to Prioritize COVID-19 Testing

Information from the New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs on behalf of the NH Fire Service

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 31, 2020

CONTACT: 202-224-5553

 

Shaheen Calls on Administration to Prioritize COVID-19 Testing for Patients Who Have Potentially Exposed First Responders to Avoid Lengthy Quarantines For Vital Frontline Workers

 

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield to reevaluate CDC guidelines to prioritize “source patients” who have symptoms of COVID-19 and come into contact with first responders.

 

If a first responder is not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and comes into contact with one of these source patients that have symptoms of COVID-19, the first responder is required to self-quarantine until either: (A) the source patient’s testing for COVID-19 comes back negative, or (B) 14 days have passed since the contact with the source patient, whichever is sooner. Currently, it takes between 3 and 7 days, if not longer, to get a source patient’s lab results back—which means that first responders are waiting in self-quarantine that entire time, even if the patient’s labs ultimately come back negative for COVID-19. In her letter, Shaheen underscored that if these source patients could be tested sooner and have their lab results processed more quickly, first responders would not have to self-quarantine for as long.

 

Shaheen wrote, “First responders in New Hampshire and across the country are absolutely critical to our response to the novel coronavirus or “COVID-19.” These brave emergency medical technicians, firefighters, police officers and other staff must continue to perform their essential duties in the community. However, if they are not able to be on duty due to delays in determining whether someone who they came into contact with has COVID-19, our ability to respond to this pandemic will be limited.”

 

Shaheen went on to urge the administration to investigate whether there are circumstances where it would be clinically appropriate to expedite testing for source patients who have come into contact with first responders, so that first responders can return to their vital duties sooner if a source patient tests negative for COVID-19. She closed her letter by calling on the administration to publicly promote changes to guidelines that would prioritize this testing procedure so that states like New Hampshire and other local agencies are aware of the changes.

 

The letter can be read in full here.

 

Shaheen has fought for and voted in favor of three economic response bills to provide financial relief to states in their response efforts, to support workers, businesses and families impacted by the spread of the coronavirus, and new legislation to provide immediate financial relief to those affected by the pandemic. The President signed all three bills into law. The first economic package led to New Hampshire receiving an initial $4.9 million in funds from the CDC. Shaheen was a lead negotiator on the third economic response bill, where she worked around the clock with Senators Rubio (R-FL), Cardin (D-MD) and Collins (R-ME) on provisions to assist small businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

 

 

Also attached is;

 

COVID-19 LODD info from Firefightersclosecalls.com

 

PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED COPY OF FIREFIGHTER CLOSE CALLS.COM FOR

INFORMATION ON COVID-19 LINE OF DUTY DEATH INFO.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

Notification

USE OF INFORMATION FROM FirefighterCloseCalls.com and The Secret List should be passed along to FIREFIGHTERS and those who support (or are supposed to support!) us! Credit shall be given to www.firefighterclosecalls.com and if you are truly committed to firefighter safety, that should be no problem. If you aren’t, and you don’t give us credit and try to prostitute this stuff as your own, we’ll find you and expose you. We Promise. Odd’s are… our mailing list is bigger than yours!

 

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COVID-19 Unprotected Exposure Guidance

Unprotected Exposure Guidance – JIC

The attached document above gives first responders guidance for Unprotected Exposure. Please read and post at your department.

 

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COVID-19 Guidelines & PPE 03.19.2020

COVID-19 Guidelines & PPE 03.19.2020  For immediate posting to all ESOs

COVID-19 Guidelines & PPE 03.19.2020

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NH State Firemens Association April 16 meeting has been postponed.

NH State Firemens Association April 16 membership meeting in New Hampton has been postponed in accordance with the NH GOvernors and White House recommendations on gatherings. Date TBD.

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Small Town Fire Chiefs Seminar Postponement

The Small Town Fire Chiefs Seminar in Lancaster NH on March 28th. has been postponed. We are working on a new date and will have that out shortly. Based upon the NH Governors and the White House guidelines for gatherings, we as Fire Service leadership should set an example.

For those who have reserved for the seminar, you will receive an email on the event and a new date.

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Twin State Regional Fire School

Twin State Regional Fire School May 2-3, 2020 Blue Mountian Union School, Wells River VT. Sponsored by Twin State Mutual Aid Fire Association. VT Twin State Fire School 2020

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NHSFA February Meeting postponed

The NHSFA February Meeting has been postponed. New date will be posted shortly.

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Hearing for HB1125 – Enabling Municipalities to exempt property taxes for Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs

Hearing for HB1125 – Enabling Municipalities to exempt property taxes for Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs

This is regarding information and the scheduling of the hearing for HB1125.  (HB1125:  enabling municipalities to adopt an exemption from property taxes for volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel).

This bill will assist volunteer firefighter and EMT companies in attracting and retaining personnel. It is an enabling bill that gives municipalities the ability and choice of defining requirements for tax exemptions for the people who protect their communities.

Please note the date and time if you wish to attend the hearing, testify, or both.

To send testimony ahead of the hearing please email committee members at:

HouseMunicipalandCountyGovt@leg.state.nh.us

If you wish to hand out a copy of your testimony to committee members please make 20 copies.

Text of the bill can be found here:

http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2020&id=1222&txtFormat=html

 

PUBLIC HEARING

Municipal and County Government Committee

Tuesday, 1/28/20  at  1:00 PM

Legislative Office Building Room 301

HB1125 enabling municipalities to adopt an exemption from property taxes for volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel

 

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Welcome Advocate members

Welcome to new advocate members!

Peniel Environmental

Elaine Hughes Real Estate Group

Bank of New Hampshire

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Fundraising event for the NH Fallen Firefighter Memorial this week

Fundraising event for the NH Fallen Firefighter Memorial this week at the River Casino and Sport Bar. All week the proceeds from charitable gaming will go to support the NH Fallen Firefighter memorial in Concord.

The River Casino has been a great support of the memorial helping to raise money to support the ongoing maintenance of the memorial and the gas for the eternal flame. The annual costs for the memorial exceed $8000. per year.

Take your friends to the River Casino and Sports Bar this week to support the memorial 58 High Street Nashua NH.  https://therivercasino.com/

 

 

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