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Staff report
10:25 am CDT March 18, 2020

Three fire department personnel for the City of Highland Park responded to an emergency call at a home in Highland Park on March 16, where they cared for a patient who may have been exposed to COVID-19 due to recent international travel, according to a statement from the City of Highland Park.

The paramedics sought medical guidance from Highland Park Hospital and were quarantined immediately after returning to the fire station. The paramedics did not respond to any public calls or interact with other personnel following their return to the station. They will remain quarantined pending results from the patient's COVID-19 test. The ambulance they were operating has been disinfected and undergone a deep anti-viral cleaning. 

According to NorthShore University Health System, the Fire Department personnel have a very low risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Results are expected by Tuesday evening.

“The Fire Department has a staffing plan in place to ensure continuity of service delivery in the event that personnel are exposed to any symptomatic case of COVID-19 or otherwise require quarantine,” City Manager Ghida Neukirch said in the statement.

The City will share an update via its communications channels Tuesday evening.

Individuals can help support first responders by informing emergency dispatchers of any symptoms the patient or others on site may be experiencing, disclosing recent travel or contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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