Disinfection measures underway at Mission Fire Department after firefighter tests positive for coronavirus
A Mission firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19. The first responder has been directed to self-quarantine at home, and the City of Mission is taking proper steps to notify others who may have been in contact with him.
“Everyone that was in direct contact with the firefighter has been properly notified, and we have asked them to self-quarantine,” Chief Gilbert Sanchez said. “Rest assured, we are taking every precaution possible to safeguard our firefighters and employees in our department. Our number one priority is their health and wellbeing and continuing to provide exceptional service to our community with safety protocols in place.”
The City is taking every precaution to ensure community and worker safety with guidance provided by the Hidalgo County Health Department. The deep cleaning of workstations and common areas at the fire station continues. Germ fighting e-misters are also being utilized used to sanitize the building and fire apparatuses.
Throughout the fire stations, there has been an increase in the number of hand-sanitizing stations, as well as extra hand washing signs that remind employees and visitors to wash their hands frequently. Employees are also required to wear face coverings in common areas and to continue social distancing.
There are also simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.