Calgary paramedics relieved COVID-19 cases lower than expected

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On scene, they consult with physicians to determine whether a patient should be seen in a hospital that day or can stay at home. Serious cases, in which someone is having difficulty breathing for example, will be immediately transferred.

No family is allowed to accompany them.

EMS spokesperson Stuart Brideaux said despite Calgary’s optimistic numbers, it’s important people continue to practise caution as the province moves forward with its relaunch strategy.

Calgary EMS paramedics Stuart Brideaux, left and Shane Paton were photographed for a story about how work for paramedics has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Gavin Young/Postmedia
Calgary EMS paramedics Stuart Brideaux, left and Shane Paton on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Work for paramedics has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. /Gavin Young/Postmedia

“Take all of the precautions that are being advised to us,” he said.

“There’s common sense but there’s also the practice of handwashing, physical distancing, staying at home if it’s not necessary (to go out) … all of those things needs to stay in place even as there is some return to normalcy.”

Brideaux declined to comment on whether any paramedics have fallen ill with COVID-19.

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