Two dozen first responders quarantined for possible coronavirus

KING COUNTY, Wash. — Two dozen emergency workers are off the job as they are being monitored for possible exposure to the coronavirus.

As of Monday morning, 27 firefighters and two police officers are currently in quarantine.

A press release from the city of Kirkland said that some of the firefighters in quarantine are demonstrating flu-like symptoms, and that the city is working closely with Public Health - Seattle & King County to adhere to testing protocols.

Each firefighter is believed to have possibly come in contact with the coronavirus at LifeCare Center. The two police officers assisted the firefighters who responded to LifeCare calls.

To keep families safe during the public health crisis, KIRO 7 was told the department will be relying on neighboring firefighters should anything huge happen.

“We have excellent relationships with our regional fire departments, and we’re making sure we have all the conversations in place, so if we need assistance from our partners, that can be provided,” said Kellie Stickney, with the city of Kirkland.