Self-isolation over COVID-19 concerns ends at Fire Station No. 4

Self-isolation over COVID-19 concerns ends for four firefighters in Saskatoon. File Photo / Global News

Four Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) firefighters were moved from self-isolation to self-monitoring in continued efforts to contain coronavirus Saturday afternoon.

The crew had been placed in self-isolation after coming into contact with a patient on March 11 who was being tested for COVID-19.

SFD officials said the decision to move the firefighters to self-monitoring was made in consultation with the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Self-monitoring is required for fourteen days after any risk of exposure to COVID-19.

According to a press release, the four firefighters have no restrictions on going to work or to schools but must avoid crowds and vulnerable people.

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However, they must watch for new symptoms, including dry cough or fever.

The four staff members were isolated inside the station for 18 hours, a decision the department said was jointly agreed upon.

The station was also closed to outside access during this time period and contingency plans were activated to maintain coverage from a secondary location in the district, officials said.

There were six presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the province as of Sunday morning.

Concerned about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

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