3rd firefighter at Northeast San Antonio station tests positive for COVID-19

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) -A Northeast San Antonio Fire Station is closed for a deep-cleaning after a third firefighter tested positive for COVID-19.  All 47 uniformed personnel and a civilian employee have been sent home to quarantine for fourteen days.

San Antonio City Councilman Clayton Perry told KTSA News that the station on Thousand Oaks near Henderson Pass in his district is temporarily closed for a third deep-cleaning, and he expects it to reopen within 24 hours.

“It’ll be staffed by different crews from around San Antonio,” Perry said. “The chief is going to work all that out and hopefully, get everybody back as soon as possible.”

Perry says other fire stations in the area can handle the calls while station number 14 is closed for cleaning and sanitizing.

“We’ve got five here in District 10, so it shouldn’t be an issue in the neighborhoods and within 24 hours, we’ll have that place reopened and restaffed and ready to go,” said Perry.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says the quarantine for the personnel at that station will be for 14 days, based  on the last shift worked by each of the firefighters.

“Protecting the health and safety of our SAFD family and that of the community we serve will always be paramount. These aggressive efforts only go to highlight this,” said Hood.  “Because of built-in redundancies,  the quarantine of these firefighters will in no way affect our service delivery.”


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