Local fire departments are taking extra precautions to avoid exposing first responders to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Gainesville Fire Rescue posted on social media that if you call 911, you should be prepared to let dispatchers know whether you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
Alachua County Fire Rescue Chief Harold Theus said that dealing with infectious disease is nothing new, but they have implemented a “traveler’s alert.” Dispatchers ask for information about any flu-like symptoms, and they may also ask about recent travel.
First responders also practice social distancing as they interview patients and, if needed, place a mask on themselves and on patients if they will tolerate it.
The fire departments have also increased their stock of isolation kits, including gowns, masks, and eye protection.