PETALUMA, CA — A firefighter from the Petaluma Fire Department has tested positive for the coronavirus and 15 other crewmembers are under self-quarantine after possibly being exposed, the department said Saturday.
The unnamed firefighter tested positive on July 19, is currently in good condition and has not been hospitalized, said Fire Marshal Jessica Power.
The firefighter and 14 crewmembers that he had close contact with have been isolated. In addition, Station 3, where the infected firefighter works, is closed for cleaning by a professional cleaning company.
The Rancho Adobe Fire Department will help the PFD respond to emergency calls during the closure, which is expected to be completed by Sunday, Power said.
The PFD said it has implemented protocols to guard against COVID-19 since the pandemic began, including wearing face masks while outside the station and temporarily reassigning staff to different stations or shifts to maintain staffing numbers.
Sonoma County had confirmed 69,747 cases of the coronavirus by Saturday, according to the county's tracker.
Bay City News contributed to this report.
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