Terre Haute firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Terre Haute firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Fire Chief Jeff Fisher.

Fisher said the firefighter began experiencing symptoms off the job and was later tested for the virus. The fire department received notification from Union Hospital Wednesday.

Neither the person’s identity nor the firehouse they work from will be released for privacy reasons.

According to Fisher, no other firefighters who the patient worked with are experiencing symptoms. He said a few members of the department were experiencing fevers, but have recovered and will return to work.

“We did have some paramedics that did transport patients that tested positive for COVID-19. As a result those paramedics were self-quarantined. They’re showing no symptoms and also will be returning to work,” Fisher said.

He said his firefighters would be tested for the virus if they show symptoms.

“If they want to get tested we will send them to Union Hospital and they will get tested, but they have to show symptoms first,” he said.

Fisher is asking the community to continue taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously by practicing social distancing and proper hygiene.

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