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Mason recognizes first responders

GURNEE – In honor of National Emergency Medical Services Week, state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, is thanking first responders for their work throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“We often think of first responders when we find ourselves in an accident or the victim of a crime, but police officers, firefighters and paramedics are helping people in emergency situations every hour of every day,” Mason said in a news release. “As many of us stay home, first responders continue going out into our community to do lifesaving work. The care they provide is vital, especially during this difficult time, but the nature of their work also puts them and their families at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.”

To keep emergency medical services personnel and those in their homes better protected from the coronavirus, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommends that personnel change clothes before returning home from work, launder their work clothes in the warmest water possible and wash their hands thoroughly after touching any piece of potentially contaminated work gear. The Illinois Department of Public Health’s list of COVID-19 guidance for first responders can be found at www.dph.illinois.gov/ems-first-responders.

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