SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento Metro firefighter has tested positive for coronavirus after caring for a patient who had the virus.
The fire department said this employee who tested positive was part of a team that responded to a 911 call and transported a patient to a local emergency department. A few days after the call, Metro Fire was notified that the patient had tested positive for COVID-19.READ MORE: Crews Battle Multiple Fires Around Sacramento Area As Red Flag Warning In Effect
The employee went home after developing symptoms and was tested for COVID-19. Their positive test result came back on Tuesday, the department said.
In a press release, the department said this chain of events happened within the last week.READ MORE: Evacuations Ordered As Wildfire Burns In Rural Area North Of Chico
The firefighter who’s now under quarantine may not have been properly protected, and it’s unclear after working one day in the field how many people may have been exposed.MORE NEWS: 4 Injured In Overnight Shooting At Citrus Heights Nightclub
Metro Fire said the department remains fully staffed, despite this positive COVID-19 test.