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..”[I] wish to extend my gratitude to all of those involved in making a really bad moment a bit better. I am not just a concerned father in this case, I am a Critical Care Paramedic and EMS Instructor. The hallmark of a good provider is always competence, confidence and compassion. All of these attributes were on full display by the crew… as they committed acts of blatant customer service in the performance of their duties. Please extend my gratitude as a father and immense respect as an EMS Instructor for the exemplary performance of these two care providers. You can be proud of how they performed so admiringly as ambassadors to our chosen EMS Profession. Thank You is not enough but it will have to do for now”..

– Customer Feedback (2019)

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Timeline PhotosWinona Mayor Mark Peterson on Tuesday signed a citywide mask order starting at 12:01 am Friday.

The order requires all Winona residents and visitors to wear face coverings indoors in public buildings when closer than 6 feet to other people, and anywhere where physical distancing is difficult.

The order comes a day after Mankato and Rochester approved similar orders, and amid a continued rise in COVID-19 cases across the region.

"This order will help keep our businesses open, allow our schools and universities to open this fall, and most importantly protect the health and safety of all Winona residents," Peterson said.

The order requires wearing masks when individuals are closer than 6 feet to another person in businesses, bars/restaurants (except when seated), and other locations.

There are exemptions for medical, disability, developmental, and other reasons.

Folks who don’t comply will be asked to leave the business or area; refusal could result in trespassing. Businesses could face administrative actions on city licenses.

We know you have questions. You can ask them here, but please read this Q&A first: www.cityofwinona.com/maskorder. See MoreSee Less

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🚨Winona Area Ambulance Employee Spotlight 🚨

Name: Nick Mompier

Hometown: East Troy, WI – currently Eau Claire, WI

Job Title: Paramedic

Where did you get your education? UW- LaCrosse and then Chippewa Valley Technical College to become an EMT and Western Wisconsin to become a paramedic

How long have you worked in EMS? 3 years

How did you get into EMS: I originally went to school for theater design at UW-L and my pre-med roommate got me thinking about a career in EMS. (Fun fact: that roommate is part-time WAAS paramedic Adam Olsson)

What do you enjoy most about your job? I like meeting people from all walks of life and being there for them in their time of need. With Winona being a smaller community I often get see someone multiple times and it’s rewarding to see their health improve after our intervention and hospital care.

In my spare time… I am a bit of a gym rat. I also like to fish, hunt, and play video games. See MoreSee Less

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[DONATION] Nicole Meech donated 32 sets of Satin Hands (Mary Kay) to our staff this week! With all of the extra hand washing, this is certainly appreciated. Thank you, Nicole! See MoreSee Less

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[DONATION] Shoutout to Catholic Financial Life Chapter 723 for their generous donation to WAAS. They raised money via GoFundMe to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. THANK YOU! We appreciate you!

Pictured are Nick Mompier (WAAS Paramedic), Andy Teska (WAAS Director of Operations), and Jeff Pedretti (Secretary/Treasurer of Catholic Financial Life Chapter 723). See MoreSee Less

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In addition to our regular cleaning, we have adopted some additional disinfecting procedures at the station.

1) Spray disinfectant 🚿 The spraying of ambulances has proven to be the most effective, full-coverage method for disinfecting the patient compartment, stretchers, and other equipment. After donning PPE, staff use a paint sprayer and cleaning solution to coat all the hard surfaces. It takes just 15 minutes!

2) ATP swab testing 🧫 Sites throughout our ambulances and station are swabbed and tested to detect the presence of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). A high level of ATP can represent an unclean surface so it helps us determine what needs to be cleaned more frequently/deeply.

3) UV sanitation πŸ’‘ Ultraviolet light sanitation is used to disinfect items like masks, which need to stay dry. We have a box at the station that items can be hung in to sanitize. See MoreSee Less

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