Escondido firefighter tests positive for coronavirus

Posted at 5:49 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 20:49:43-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) — Escondido Fire Department is working to identify potential patients who came into contact with a firefighter paramedic who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Escondido Fire Department says it learned Sunday of a firefighter paramedic who tested positive for COVID-19. Several days earlier, the employee was in contact with other people who later tested positive as well, the department said.

The firefighter had recently been at work but was asymptomatic at the time. The department is notifying all patients that may have been in contact with the employee.

EFD says the firefighter is currently at home under quarantine and has very mild symptoms.

Other EFD staff who were in contact with the firefighter at work have shown no symptoms, tested negative for COVID-19, and are being quarantined and monitored in accordance with CDC procedures.

"The health and safety of our community remains our highest priority. Please continue to follow Federal, State and County guidelines including social distancing if you must leave your home, and always practice good hygiene including thoroughly washing your hands,” Escondido Fire Chief Rick Vogt said.