Firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

Guam Fire Department (PNC file photo)

On Saturday, a Guam Fire Department firefighter assigned to the Inarajan Fire Station, but temporarily reassigned to the Astumbo Fire Station, tested positive for COVID-19 after feeling ill while at work on Friday.

The member was immediately secured from duty and instructed by the Officer-In-Charge to isolate at home as per the GFD wellness policy and guidance from the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS).

Until testing is completed on personnel at both stations, cohort quarantining (the DPHSS approved practice of grouping asymptomatic personnel who were exposed to a confirmed COVID positive individual) is in effect.

Emergency operations will continue, with adjustments made in scheduling for the firefighters assigned.

“Cohort quarantining is an effective measure to ensure proper staffing at the firehouses, while preventing exposure to other personnel. Maintaining the viability of our workforce is a great concern as we continue to respond to COVID-19 related cases. These alternate protocols allow us to do so while keeping our personnel and the public safe”, stated Fire Chief Daniel Stone.

A thorough decontamination of all rooms and common areas was performed at the Inarajan Fire Station and the Astumbo Fire Station.

Additionally, social distancing measures, the wearing of masks, and proper decontamination procedures continue to be enforced at the fire stations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.