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FDNY issues mask policy after increase in COVID-19, other respiratory virus cases

The policy states that anyone who provides treatment before the patient arrives at the hospital must wear a surgical mask

By Bill Carey
EMS1

NEW YORK — The FDNY issued a policy requiring all fire and EMS personnel to wear masks while treating patients due to an increase in COVID-19 and other respiratory virus cases.

The policy, also directed at voluntary hospital ambulance personnel, states that anyone who provides treatment before the patient arrives at the hospital must wear a surgical mask, though an N95 mask is preferred, WABC reported.

An increase in COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus cases led to the policy being issued.

The FDNY policy follows a policy issued earlier this month for all 11 of the city’s public hospitals after an increase in the same virus cases.

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