Kevin Naumann, the Marble Falls Area EMS operations director and Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees president, outlined actions both organizations are taking due to the COVID-19 pandemic during a call-in show on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton
Kevin Naumann sees firsthand the way the coronavirus pandemic is affecting first responders and schools. So far, he said, both are adapting to the crisis admirably.
Naumann said the EMS has changed a few things in response to COVID-19 in what he described as “mostly a ramped-up version of what we have been doing.” The big challenge right now, Naumann said, is keeping up with government requirements and new practices due to the pandemic.
“It’s kind of like drinking from a water hose,” he said, describing how quickly things are changing.
Those changes start with emergency dispatchers, who are now asking questions they previously did not. When someone calls 9-1-1, dispatchers now inquire about the patient’s recent travels and if they’re coughing or running a temperature, symptoms of COVID-19. With these answers, ambulance crews know what to expect before they arrive.
And, when possible, people needing help are being asked to meet emergency crews outside of their home to avoid enclosed areas.
Even if a patient isn’t exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, emergency crews are treating everyone as if they have the disease as a precaution, Naumann said.
In his other role as MFISD board president, Naumann said he is amazed how quickly and efficiently district staff responded to remote learning after schools were closed.