Kent firefighter/paramedic recovers from COVID-19, health officials say

Kent firefighter/paramedic recovers from COVID-19, health officials say
(Kent Fire Department) (Source: Kent Fire Department)

KENT, Ohio (WOIO) - Kent City Health Department officials said Tuesday a Kent firefighter/paramedic who tested positive for COVID-19 has since recovered.

Kent State Fire Department employee tested positive for the coronavirus

Kent Police Lt. Mike Lewis said the city learned last Thursday the firefighter/paramedic tested positive.

The firefighter/paramedic has been off work since March 8.

“We recognize the concern that as a firefighter/paramedic, this employee may have had significant interaction with people within the community. Fortunately, the employee took appropriate action after developing symptoms and has been off work since March 8th. Kent paramedics began wearing protective masks even earlier than that, and those actions have even further reduced the risk of exposure to patients. Despite that, we immediately began researching all of the calls and medical runs this employee had been on in order to identify any citizens at risk. We will continue to investigate this."

Kent Police address community concerns after firefighter/paramedic tests positive for coronavirus

Lewis said while the firefighter is a member of the Kent Fire Department, he is not a Portage County resident.

Therefore, this case is counted as an additional case in another county.

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