City Firefighters Exposed to COVID-19 Patient

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Two Corpus Christi firefighters are in isolation awaiting tests results after treating a patient with COVID-19.

Yesterday, medics transported the man from a nursing home to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline. While in the ambulance treating him, the paramedics lifted their goggles to start an IV and were exposed to active coughing by the patient who had removed his mask.

Last night, hospital staff notified the Fire Department the elderly man had tested positive for coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, the two firefighters will be tested for COVID-19 and were placed in isolation at a secure Fire Department facility while waiting for test results.

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.