Two Guam firefighters test positive for COVID-19


The Guam Fire Department issued the following release on Thursday morning:

On Sunday, one of our firefighters began feeling ill, with an elevated temperature, while on duty at the Tamuning Fire Station. The member was secured from duty and instructed to isolate at home. The following day, the individual was tested, and because the results came back positive for Covid-19; mandatory home isolation, as per the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) guidelines, was ordered.

On Monday, another member of the Guam Fire Department (GFD) stated they had been feeling ill. Following the GFD wellness policy, the member informed the station Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of their symptoms. The firefighter, assigned to the Dededo Fire Station, was instructed to follow guidance from DPHSS and self-quarantine until being tested for COVID-19 yesterday afternoon. GFD received the positive test results from the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) and the member was ordered to continue home isolation procedures.

Interviews were conducted at both stations and it was determined that no personnel met the close contact criteria at the Tamuning Fire Station; however, because of the closer quarters and additional Rescue personnel at the Dededo Fire Station, the possibility of close contact spread was significantly increased.

“For the protection of our firefighters and the community, it is necessary to modify operations at the Dededo Fire Station until the personnel assigned there are tested,” said Chief Daniel Stone. “This is a temporary situation for one of the two shifts that were affected, until testing is completed. Operations will still continue and emergency services to the community will not be hampered.”

After decontamination of the entire station and apparatuses was conducted at both locations, personnel were also reminded to continue strict adherence to the safety directives and to continue social distancing both on and off duty.

(News Release from Guam Fire Department)