SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News)- A Unified Fire firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19, officials confirmed to ABC4′ Jason Nguyen on Friday.
UFA’s Matthew McFarland said, “the COVID positive employee is now self-isolating for a minimum of 14 days.”
The firefighter is on paid administrative leave. It is unclear if the firefighter contracted the virus while on shift.
There are 10 other employees who tested for COVID-19 and showed negative results.
McFarland adds, “They were tested for their individual situation, usually symptomatic signs of illness. We’re adhering to state and national recommendations for testing and response to suspected exposures.”
The department implemented a policy two weeks ago to screen staff frequently, every 12 hours or so. That means firefighters on a 48-hour shift are checked about four times. The health screenings are mandatory on all UFA sites.
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