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First responders taking enhanced precautionary measures amid COVID-19 outbreak

A patient is loaded into an ambulance, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. The nursing home is at the center of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — During the COVID-19 outbreak, many have the option to work from home.

Those who work on the front line, don’t have that option. Now, they are being forced to take extra precautions because you can never be certain if you could be putting yourself, or someone else at risk.

EMS and police come in to contact with hundreds of people each and every day, and if even just one person has been exposed to the virus, it could put a whole line of workers in jeopardy.

“You can imagine at the back end of an ambulance there is not the six feet of distance to ensure social distancing,” President of Health Sciences Association of Alberta, Mike Parker said.  “Are they putting themselves at risk? Yes.”

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During these times, EMS workers are taking it to the next level to ensure that security while on the job.

“Keep in mind with an ambulance a sick person was in there ten minutes ago,” Parker said. “So, it has to be cleaned and wiped down every time. This is what we do every single day to make sure it’s clean and safe for the next patient to get in.”

Parker says the message for all front line health workers is to continue to maintain the standard they do on a regular basis to ensure the safety of themselves and the patients they care for.

“Our health care workers are going to work every day to take care of Albertans. So, yeah they’re scared but they’re going to work to do their jobs.