Partner to first firefighter to test positive
Mark Segraves and NBC Washington Staff, with permission
WASHINGTON (NBC Washington) – A second firefighter tested positive for COVID-19, sources said. She is the partner of the firefighter who tested positive Monday.
As many as 100 firefighters are isolating themselves, sources said.
The first firefighter who tested positive may have worked two shifts while showing symptoms, sources said. Firefighters from both shifts are self-quarantined.
It’s unclear if the firefighter caught the virus on the job or away from work. It’s also unclear when he reported the virus to the fire department.
D.C. Fire and EMS implemented a new protocol that all firefighters must be screened before and after every shift, having their temperature taken and being asked a series of questions whether they exhibit symptoms.
Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office and D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean have not commented on the issue or specifically said how many D.C. Fire and EMS personnel are under self-quarantine.
D.C. Fire and EMS has between 1,800 and 1,900 members.