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NC registry to track COVID among responders

North Carolina has launched a statewide voluntary registry to help track COVID-19 among first responders.

The state partnered with RTI International to create a survey on the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) website that allows fire departments, emergency service workers and other first responders to report the number of positive COVID-19 cases, quarantines and vaccinated personnel. The goal is to understand how the virus is impacting first responders so that state officials can allocate appropriate resources to keep them safe.

“Throughout the pandemic, our first responders have risked their own health and safety to protect our communities and it’s our duty to protect them,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who is also the state fire marshal. “This new technology will allow me and other state leaders to see first-hand the health issues of our first responders so we have the data necessary to get them the needed help.”

These reports from fire departments will help strengthen Commissioner Causey’s requests to Gov. Roy Cooper and state legislators for additional support for first responders and the state’s fire departments, Department of Insurance officials said in their announcement.

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