Decontamination site up and running in Worcester Co.
BERLIN, Md. – A decontamination site is now up and running across from Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin to protect first responders while also flattening the curve.
“We’re hoping we can leave it right there on site instead of cross contaminating it and bringing it back to the fire house,” says Rob Korb, Senior Deputy Fire Marshal in Worcester County.
“It can be used for the ambulance. It can be used for Sheriff’s Department, police, any law enforcement, fire trucks, anything that needs to be decontaminated it can be utilized for,” says Matt Owens, Chief Deputy Fire Marshal in Worcester County.
The site has a large tent to cover vehicles as well as a trailer with supplies to sanitize anything and anyone that may come into contact with a positive COVID-19 patient. “Any place where someone may have touched to transfer any viruses they are using decontamination solution, chloride dioxide, to neutralize any of those germs on there,” says Korb.
There are also showers on site, inside the trailer, if a first responder feels that’s a necessary precaution. “The showers would be a more extreme measure of decontamination if a provider felt they needed to take a shower to get whatever the contaminants off of their person,” says Korb.
Officials tell 47 ABC this is just one more way to protect first responders while also flattening the curve. “Most commonly, the gowns the N95 respirators the glasses or face shields are stopping anything but we want to take that extra precautionary measure and have the ability to take a shower to completely wash anything off them right on site so that way they’re not taking it back to the fire house or to their homes,” says Korb.
Officials tell 47 ABC that Worcester County government leaders helped get this site up and running very quickly, expediting the approval process. They also say there are currently discussions with Wicomico County officials to set up a similar facility across from PRMC.