Four of eight Houston firefighters who were exposed to COVID-19 and were not able to quarantine at home are being provided hotel accommodations by the city of Houston.
A press release by the Houston Fire Department states that the quarantined firefighters are medium-to-high risk levels in accordance with Center for Disease Control guidelines. That levels signifies that they treated a patient that has or may have tested positive for COVID-19.
For a variety of reasons, the responder may not have worn the proper personal protection equipment issued to all firefighters. They will be monitored daily for 14 days. If they do not develop symptoms, the firefighters will return to regular duty.
Health care professionals will actively monitor these four firefighters until they are released back to work, Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena said.
“At this time, none of the quarantined firefighters have displayed symptoms associated with COVID-19,” the press release states.
The city is working on an agreement to secure a quarantine location for any further exposed city employees.