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Paramedics Instructed To Aid Non-COVID Patients At Scene, Not Bring To ER

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A medical advisory committee in Nassau County has directed emergency service technicians to leave unresponsive adults who cannot be revived at the scene, and not to transport them to the hospital.

The directive’s goal is to help hospitals overburdened during the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson for the Nassau County Police Medic Association told News 12 Long Island he understands the need for the rule change, but that it’s mentally traumatic to leave someone’s loved one behind. 

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A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.
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