Several Silverton Firefighters Possibly Exposed to COVID-19

Posted on December 1, 2020

Silverton Fire District – 12/01/20 1:06 PM

The Silverton Fire District has been notified that a member of the Fire District who was taking part in our firefighter academy training on Saturday November 21, 2020 has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Because this was an all-day hands-on class, twenty (20) members of the Silverton Fire District may have had a high risk exposure while receiving the training or instructing this training. A high risk exposure are those who were within 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, regardless of whether one or both of them were wearing source control (facial coverings, etc.).

Per the Silverton Fire District COVID-19 Infection Control Plan, all personnel at the training event have been advised limit contact with others (self-quarantine through December 5th), self-monitor for signs and symptoms and get tested for the virus.

The timeline of this event is as follows:

November 21 – All day firefighter training takes place at the District training facility;

November 22 – The District is notified by a training participant that they have COVID-19 symptoms;

November 22-23 – All personnel receiving the training or instructing this training are notified;

November 30 (Morning) – The Fire District is notified that the individuals COVID-19 test is positive;

November 30 (Morning and Afternoon) – Extensive consultation done with Marion County Health, all affected personnel notified and all personnel who may have had the high risk exposure are notified and advised to limit contact with others (self-quarantine through December 5th), self-monitor for signs and symptoms and get tested for the virus (all costs will be paid by the Fire District).

Because of planning and preparation that took place years before the COVID-19 pandemic occurred as well as planning that took place after the Pandemic came to light, fire response to the citizens of the Fire District has not been jeopardized and the public has not been put in any danger.

It should also be noted that none of the personnel who may have had a high risk exposure while receiving the training or instructing this training has shown any signs or symptoms for having the virus.

 

 

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