4 Richland firefighters nearly clear of quarantine after concerns of coronavirus

  • Source: Tri-City Herald - Metered Site
  • Published: 03/26/2020 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Richland’s Fire Department will be nearly at full staff within the week after firefighters were quarantined after a potential exposure to patients with coronavirus. Four firefighters responded to a medical call, but didn’t think they were heading to a room with a person suffering from flu-like symptoms. They soon learned the person possibly could have COVID-19, said Fire Chief Tom Huntington. While they quickly put on personal protective equipment, the short exposure was enough to put them at risk. Now, about a week and a half later, the firefighters have remained healthy. But since Richland has just 55 firefighters, their absence has meant the loss of an entire shift of emergency responders.


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