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Firefighters cleared of COVID-19 risk and will return to duty

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 16:23:11-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The remaining firefighters placed in quarantine on Wednesday for possible exposure to COVID-19 have been released.

In a press release on Thursday, the City of Corpus Christi said the four crew members including the one released Wednesday afternoon were no longer at risk after the pediatric patient they treated two days ago tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

On Tuesday,firefighters treated and transported an infant who was not breathing to Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Firefighters removed eye goggles for better visibility while completing procedures during transport to the hospital. Officials at Driscoll advised the infant fit the criteria for COVID-19 testing. Out of an abundance of caution the four firefighters were quarantined pending the patient’s test result.

Fire Department personnel have been advised the infant’s COVID-19 test result has returned negative. All firefighters will return to regular duty for their next shift on Saturday, May 2, 2020.