2 firefighters test positive for COVID-19

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Astumbo Fire Station (PNC file photo)

On Wednesday, Aug. 4, a firefighter assigned to the Astumbo Fire Station informed GFD’s Infection Control Officer that he was contacted by Department of Public Health’s contact tracing section that he was listed as a close contact to an individual who tested positive for
COVID-19.

The firefighter was tested at the Tamuning Fire Station using the Abbott ID Now machine where the results came back positive for COVID-19. A confirmatory swab was sent to DPHSS for PCR analysis and that sample also came back positive for COVID-19.

Out of an abundance of caution, the remaining personnel assigned to the Astumbo Fire Station have been placed on cohort pending testing.

A second firefighter, who had contact with the first firefighter, was swabbed and sample was submitted to DPHSS for PCR analysis. That sample came back positive for COVID-19.
A thorough decontamination of all common areas, including the official vehicle, was performed at the Astumbo Fire Station, Dededo.

Personnel were reminded to continue strict adherence to the safety directives, to include the wearing of masks and social distancing both on and off duty, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“The Guam Fire Department is fully prepared to ensure the island and its people that there won’t be any interruption to Emergency Services. We have fully implemented a COVID-19 wellness, quarantine, and cohort policies and decontamination procedures. We remind the public to continue to wash their hands, practice safe distancing and mask-wearing,” stated Acting Fire Chief Joey C. San Nicolas.

(GFD Release)

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