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Thousands Of EMT's Can Now Work In LA Nursing Homes Hit By Coronavirus

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More than 50 ambulances took patients from the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center to other facilities on April 8, 2020. (Screenshot of video from Riverside University Health System)
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It seems absurd: thousands of health care workers are without jobs in the middle of a pandemic. But a new rule from L.A. County health officials aims to put some of them back to work, filling in the staffing gaps created by COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes.

Nursing homes have become epicenters of coronavirus outbreaks in Southern California. And it’s not just residents getting sick — thousands of health care workers and first responders have contracted the disease.

The new rule change by L.A. County health officials allows many furloughed and out-of-work paramedics and EMT's to perform procedures they normally wouldn’t be able to under their scope of practice, with the goal of getting them into hard-hit nursing homes.

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