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Scottsdale firefighters, ambulance crew in isolation after treating coronavirus patient

Posted at 2:16 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 20:18:35-05

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Three Scottsdale firefighters and a two-person ambulance crew are currently placed under isolation protocol after treating a patient that later tested positive for the coronavirus.

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A statement sent from the City of Scottsdale says that within the last week, a four-person fire crew and two-person ambulance crew treated and transported a man who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Once the positive coronavirus test was received, the four-person fire crew and two-person ambulance crew were excluded from work as a precautionary measure and will follow social distancing guidelines for 12-14 days per direction from Maricopa County Public Health.”

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One of those firefighters has since been cleared to return for work. The other five are still under isolation protocol, but have not shown any symptoms of the coronavirus.

The male patient treated by the crews is the second person in Arizona to have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The statement from the city went on to say:

Emergency medical responders and health care institutions are trained and equipped to respond to infectious diseases. Because the personnel involved followed standard practices and procedures to limit exposure to contagions, there is no cause for concern among anyone else who they subsequently may have cared for.

Maricopa County Public Health advises that in cases like this they interview the patient, evaluate his/her particular circumstances and determine anyone else who may be at risk. Those individuals are then contacted and provided guidance on what they should do.

If you have not been contacted, public health has determined that you are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 from this individual.

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