STEWART COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Several Stewart County EMS employees tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Stewart County Emergency Management Agency.
The positive employees are in quarantine and will not return to work until they’ve recovered. The results came from a mass testing of all personnel on July 17.
EMS employees will now wear masks at the station and in the ambulance.
Officials said a professional service cleaned all three EMS buildings. They will continue to clean each ambulance after calls and monitor employee temperatures. Currently, all three EMS stations are operating.
The Tennessee Department of Health will conduct contract tracing to notify those who may have been in contact with a positive EMS employee.
Most patients with COVID-19 have a mild respiratory illness including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Tennessee Department of Health strongly encourages Tennesseans to wash your hands often with soap and water and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
The CDC recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.
High-risk individuals are defined as adults over 60 years old or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as: Heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.
The Tennessee Department of Health offers a COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945, with information available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.
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