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FIREFIGHTER WITH COVID-19, REMINDER OF URGENCY TO SHELTER IN PLACE
Firefighter in good condition, isolated at home

Berkeley, California (Thursday, March 26, 2020) - A City of Berkeley firefighter tested positive on Wednesday for COVID-19. Our Emergency Operations Center and Fire Department have been preparing for such an exposure since January with the goal of reducing transmission amongst first responders and the community.

The most powerful tool the public can wield to protect first responders is to stay home. This slows the spread of the virus and allows paramedics and hospitals to receive patients at a manageable rate.

“Our firefighters, police, nurses, mental health staff and others put themselves on the line every day to keep us safe,” said City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley. “We must all protect them and our community by sheltering in place as much as possible.”

The Berkeley Fire Department’s preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic includes extra cleaning of fire apparatus and stations, providing personal protective equipment to all firefighters, adhering to protocols for their use, and updating protocols and practices for special circumstances related to COVID-19 patients.

In addition, the Fire Department created a special paramedic unit devoted to COVID-19 cases so as to minimize potential exposures to others members of the department and help callers get the best care available. Part of this specialized program includes screening 9-1-1 calls in our dispatch center to ensure the appropriate response and precautions are taken.

The Fire Department also adheres to recommendations for all members of the public:

  • staying home when sick
  • washing hands regularly with soap and water
  • avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
  • coughing or sneezing into an elbow

More people will become infected with COVID-19, which has mild symptoms for most but poses greater risk to those who have chronic conditions and those over 65.

“This news heightens the urgency for all of us to put social distancing into place,” said Fire Chief Dave Brannigan. “As Health Officers have ordered, everyone should stay home except for essential activities.”

The social distancing order slows the spread of the virus, for which there is no medication or vaccine. Many should learn how to care for themselves or sick family members at home.

The firefighter is in good condition and recovering at home. Berkeley Public Health will be reaching out to anyone who may have been in contact with the firefighter, including any colleagues.

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