Two local firefighter paramedics under quarantine

Seven Corpus Christi firefighters now are isolated
Two more local firefighters under quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure
Posted at 9:52 AM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 19:52:34-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The city has announced that two Corpus Christi firefighter paramedics have been placed in quarantine after potential exposure to COVID-19 after transporting a patient to the hospital.

The paramedics were wearing full protective gear that included safety glasses but not goggles.

It brings seven local firefighters who remain under quarantine after potential exposure while doing their jobs.

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control made specific changes regarding specific types of protective equipment recommending the use of goggles rather than safety glasses.

The Health District has recommended the firefighters be isolated since they are considered at risk.

The patient who was hospitalized was tested by the hospital for coronavirus and results remain pending.

The fire department has subsequently instructed all firefighters of the heighten recommendation on protective equipment.

Five other Corpus Christi Firefighters remain under quarantine following their exposure to a COVID-19 patient despite one of them testing negative for the coronavirus.

Four firefighters from Station 12 and two ambulance crew members from another station responded to a May 19 call for a patient having heart problems. The city found out yesterday that the patient later tested positive for COVID-19.