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Paramedics off the road amid concerns of exposure to COVID-19


Almost 100 paramedics are unable to work because of strict safety measures implemented by Ambulance Victoria to protect its staff and the public from exposure to COVID-19.

Ambulance Victoria’s executive director of clinical operations, Mick Stephenson, has confirmed to The Age that 96 paramedics are currently unavailable but insists that none of its 6000 operational staff have tested positive to coronavirus.

Up to 100 Ambulance Victoria paramedics are in isolation amid concerns some may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Up to 100 Ambulance Victoria paramedics are in isolation amid concerns some may have been exposed to the coronavirus.Credit:Paul Rovere

“It does not mean they have COVID-19, rather that they may have a cold, may have come into non-work related contact with a suspected case, are in self-isolation after returning from personal travel, or may have had work-related close contact with a suspected or potential COVID-19 patient and are therefore in self-isolation,” Mr Stephenson said.

Working on the frontline of the pandemic, Mr Stephenson said paramedics had adopted a range of precautions to mitigate their heightened risk of infection.



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