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4 North County Fire Protection District employees test positive for coronavirus

Posted at 9:23 AM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 12:23:18-04

FALLBROOK, Calif. (KGTV) – Four employees with the North County Fire Protection District are quarantined at home after testing positive for the coronavirus, fire officials said.

The four people “had close and prolonged contact with an employee who later tested positive with COVID-19,” according to NCFPD officials.

The employee in question, identified as a firefighter/paramedic, tested positive for the virus on March 14.

The affected employees were placed under quarantine and reported mild symptoms, and officials said, “We have expanded notifications to the patients with whom these employees had encountered. We have been in close communication with the San Diego Department of Public Health on how to best handle employee isolation, personal protective equipment, and protective procedures for our patients, employees, and citizenry.”

To slow the spread of the coronavirus, NCFPD officials said the department suspended all non-essential interactions with the public.

Officials added, “Every employee is required to have their temperature checked coming on duty, during their shift, and going off duty. All equipment and stations throughout the district are being disinfected three times a day. Crew members are maintaining social distancing from each other and all training activity that requires close contact with one another has been cancelled.”

As of March 19, there are 105 confirmed coronavirus cases in San Diego County.