HOUSTON – A Houston firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently self-quarantined at home. The firefighter began to have symptoms within 24 hours after his shift on March 17th. Follow-up testing was positive for COVID-19. This employee was not under current self-monitoring or quarantine with the HFD. Twelve other firefighters who had contact with this individual at the station have been instructed to self-quarantine.
The Houston Health Department is working with the HFD to contact anyone else with whom the firefighter had contact. The station where the firefighter worked is being decontaminated.
“The precautionary measures the City of Houston put in place have limited potential spread of COVID-19 and we have closely monitored firefighters for any symptoms. We have provided additional PPE, restricted personal interaction, conducted additional screening of all 911 calls, and numerous other measures. We will continue to make the health and safety of our residents and our firefighters our number one priority.” Sam Pena. Houston Fire Chief.