2 Bend Fire and Rescue first responders test positive for COVID

Bend Fire and Rescue said Monday two of its first responders have tested positive for COVID-19.

Battalion Chief Trish Connolly said both firefighters are in stable condition and they show minimal symptoms, Connolly said.

One of the first responders was exposed on duty. They were given a COVID test and sent home to self-isolate.

The other first responder was exposed while on vacation, and they took a test as soon as they started showing symptoms. They did not return to work.

Bend Fire and Rescue requires an employee to take a COVID test as soon as that employee is exposed to the virus or begins feeling sick, according to Connolly. They must have a negative COVID test and be symptom-free for 72 hours before going back to work.

Bend Fire and Rescue also requires employees to take their temperature at the beginning and middle of every shift.

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