Four Firefighters Placed in Isolation After Cardiac Arrest Patient Shows Symptoms of COVID-19

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Four firefighters / paramedics were placed in isolation last night after being involved in the care and transport of a cardiac arrest patient. It was determined at the hospital that the patient fit the criteria for COVID-19 and will be tested. 

On April 24, the firefighters responded to an EMS call for a patient experiencing cardiac issues. All personnel were wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as directed by CCFD protocol. During treatment and transport of the patient, members of the crew made adjustments to PPE that posed a heightened risk to possible exposure.

Out of an abundance of caution, the four firefighters will be isolated pending the results of the patient’s test for COVID-19. 

The City of Corpus Christi is committed to ensuring the safety of first responders and will take necessary action to protect personnel, their families, and the community.