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The Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) Program appreciates the trust you place in us to support rural emergency education. The health and safety of our participants is our priority, and considering coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to share what we’re doing to help protect and support participants and instructors of the CALS Program.

What CALS is doing

Closely monitoring the situation and taking action. We’re following updates on COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local state health officials. We continue to take actions necessary to help protect the participants and instructors. We know many of you are on the front lines, your daily work and life is impacted directly by the pandemic. Schedules and routines may be disrupted during this time. Attending a course may not be possible or reasonable. Considering this we are providing the following information.

 Scheduled CALS Courses. Emergency department personnel are a part of the first line with the COVID 19 outbreak. To support availability of staff availability, we are electively evaluating each course and making decisions to cancel based on several factors centered around CDC guidelines. For now, we are cancelling March 2020 courses. We will work with host facilities as well as closely following CDC and state guidelines for future courses. We will make every attempt to announce cancelations within 2 weeks; however, this is a dynamic situation with rapidly changing guidelines. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation.

 Expiration Renewal Dates. For those individuals with expirations coming up in the next two months, we are exploring option to extend your renewal period for 60 days. If you are unable to attend a course due to cancelled courses, we will work with you to find a new course timely to complete your recertification.

 Protecting our community. When we are able to hold courses, we are implementing a wellness/exposure risk screening tool for all participants of a CALS Course during this time of concern. This will need to be completed prior to the course and will include instructors as well as participants. This will help guide deference from participation is warranted to help protect others.  We will follow guidance and recommendations from the CDC and local health officials to assure there is adequate cleaning supplies and protection available for participants.


What you can do

Stay informed on COVID 19:

We understand the trust you place in us. Thank you for your continued support, your partnership on this issue, and your commitment to patients and communities.