Firefighters Released from COVID-19 Quarantine

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Santa Barbara County Fire Department Headquarters (Photo: Google Maps)

Update by edhat staff
March 30, 2020
 

During a press conference, Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg confirmed the patient in question tested negative and the firefighters were released from their quarantine. 


Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD)
March 25, 2020
 

On Tuesday March 24th a Santa Barbara County Fire Department engine company responded to a call for service for a woman having a medical emergency.

The engine company, along with other first responders assisted the woman and she was transported to the hospital. At the hospital, the patient’s symptoms began to evolve and become in line with symptoms of COVID-19.

All responders were notified and immediately put into quarantine. All equipment had already been decontaminated per normal protocol, but deeper cleaning measures were additionally taken.

The patient has been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results. Our firefighters will remain in quarantine until results are received, which might take 48 hours. If the patient is determined to be positive, the firefighters will be tested.*


*[Editor's Note: A previous version of this press release stated firefighters were awaiting COVID-19 test results. This has been corrected].

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PitMix Mar 31, 2020 03:57 PM
Firefighters Released from COVID-19 Quarantine

I've been wondering about the accuracy of the testing being done. Here's what I found: "Tests for Covid-19 are developed under idealized conditions with test tube samples from positive cases and negative controls. New ones are approved by the FDA under an emergency use authorization based on analytic validity, meaning they performed appropriately on test tube samples. Demonstration of clinical validity is not required. " This means their accuracy is unknown.

Lucky 777 Mar 26, 2020 02:40 PM
Firefighters Released from COVID-19 Quarantine

Notice that the firefighters are waiting to be tested..... waiting for the patient to be a confirmed exposure before they are tested. How long does it take for someone to show positive after exposure? In other countries the number of people tested on demand is much much higher, giving more realistic statistics of the number actually infected. As for the idea : "For nurses on front lines, can they isolate in community-loaned RV trailers placed in parking lots of Cottage Hospital S.B and Goleta?" that is an excellent idea. But you know that they are bringing in government trailers and giving them to the indigent homeless to wreck, instead of the front line workers who are saving lives and risking their own.

Potif Mar 27, 2020 10:41 PM
Firefighters Released from COVID-19 Quarantine

If they have been contaminated with the virus it will show up in the nasal swab, where it ‘sets up shop’, and starts ‘working’ well before the person shows symptoms.

a-1585807161 Mar 26, 2020 01:45 PM
Firefighters Released from COVID-19 Quarantine

For nurses on front lines, can they isolate in community-loaned RV trailers placed in parking lots of Cottage Hospital S.B and Goleta? Quarantined firefighters could use these RVs and place at fire stations or county parking lots. Give them gift certificates to order food from local restaurants. What about those trailers brought in when there are massive wildfires?

tagdes Mar 26, 2020 07:19 PM
Firefighters Released from COVID-19 Quarantine

No, as of today 1 was added in Lompoc and 2 in Santa Ynez Valley and if you haven't seen the other thread, total is now 32 with 3 hospitalized.... Hard to keep up with so many threads on the same subject.

LCP112233 Mar 26, 2020 02:01 PM
Firefighters Released from COVID-19 Quarantine

Yes. And Goleta! I think there was a population limit, if under, would be lumped in as "other". But there is no "other" north county. Don't remember what that population number was.

sacjon Mar 25, 2020 08:44 PM
Firefighters Released from COVID-19 Quarantine

PUG - seriously, I can't with you. There is a case in Goleta - whether the website lists Goleta as an "other" or not. The point is, there is a case in Goleta. Goleta is the city where the person is. Goleta has a case of coronavirus. GOLETA is OTHER than Orcutt, SB, Santa Maria, Carp, Montecito and Summerland. --------------- https://keyt.com/health/2020/03/24/goleta-resident-describes-experience-with-covid-19/

therealbebe Mar 25, 2020 08:27 PM
Firefighters Released from COVID-19 Quarantine

@Coastwatch, HIPAA laws apply to anyone with a hand in healthcare - providers, insurance companies, databases, anyone that in one way or another works with patients or health data. It prohibits the transmission BY ANY OF THESE HEALTHCARE ENTITIES of any medical data that divulges personally identifiable information. If the average Joe on the street tells you that his neighbor Jane is ill, that sucks, but the legal violation does not apply to Joe. The article stating that these are firefighters has literally NOTHING to do with HIPAA. Do some homework instead of asking ridiculous questions.

sacjon Mar 25, 2020 06:29 PM
Firefighters Released from COVID-19 Quarantine

COASTWATCH - for HIPAA laws to be applicable, the information must be such that the patient is identifiable, such as name, address, phone, email, etc.

sacjon Mar 25, 2020 05:37 PM
Firefighters Released from COVID-19 Quarantine

I'm just curious, not trying to start debate, if there is a gag order or some similar silencing rule about identifying cities within SB County when it comes to articles about the virus? Again, not trying to say one way or the other, just curious if there is a rule or agreement to that effect?

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