And as we continue to course through the pandemic we honour local paramedics this week.
It is National Paramedic Services Week. This year’s theme is Paramedic as Educator – Citizen ready, highlighting the role paramedics play in educating patients on their health status.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Simcoe County Paramedics have continued to provide outstanding 9-1-1 emergency medical response, responding to more than 70,000 calls for assistance. In addition, they have stepped forward to provide enhanced support to regional healthcare partners and the community, including:
- Enhancing community paramedicine program
- Assisting homeless shelters with health and wellness checks, and installation of 16 public access defibrillators in community shelters
- Aiding long-term care homes across the region
- Administering more than 10,000 COVID-19 vaccinations
- Assisting with COVID testing
- Supporting high acuity interfacility medical transport services
“Over the past 14 months, we have witnessed the crucial role that our paramedics play each and every day,” said Warden George Cornell. “Our paramedics have expanded their roles to help fight the impacts of COVID-19 on our community, while continuing to meet the urgent care needs of our residents. Paramedic Services week is a great opportunity to recognize the continued efforts of these amazing frontline health-care workers.”
The County will utilize social media to showcase the valuable role paramedics play as educators, helping to provide residents with the tools they may need in the event of an emergency.