Coronavirus cases seep into the ranks of Newport Beach first responders – Los Angeles Times

The Newport Beach Fire Department is feeling the impact of the coronavirus amongst its own ranks.
Ten firemens and 11 lifeguards had actually checked favorable for the infection, Fire Chief Jeff Boyles validated Friday.
Boyles stated the infection apparently broke through to his teams through neighborhood spread and not while straight dealing with coronavirus patients. He stated all fire stations and trucks remain staffed, and cleaning procedures have actually been fine-tuned. Newport Beach Fire is not sending out crews to out-of-county wildland fires.
” We have been extremely vigilant when we go on calls with what we understand to be sick individuals, but individuals have lives outside of work,” Boyles told the City Council at its last conference on July 14.

Newport Beach Fire is not sending crews to out-of-county wildland fires.
An additional 30 firemens and 21 lifeguards have quarantined at some point in July, Boyles stated Friday. Going into this weekend, 11 lifeguards– 4 positive and 7 in quarantine– were off task.

An extra 30 firefighters and 21 lifeguards have quarantined eventually in July, Boyles said Friday. Going into this weekend, 11 lifeguards– 4 positive and 7 in quarantine– were off task. Four firefighters– all recovering after evaluating favorable, none left in quarantine– were away from work.
” Fortunately, not all of them were off at the exact same time so we were able to keep our staffing levels in the fire stations, lifeguard towers and junior lifeguard program,” Boyles said. “It was a balancing act for a small window of time in order to accomplish that.”
Overall, Orange County reported more than 33,900 coronavirus cases and 560 associated deaths as of Saturday, with 685 COVID-19 patients in county hospitals.
Coronavirus among the countys lifeguard ranks was a key part of Newports choice to make the extraordinary choice to close beaches on the Fourth of July, traditionally the summer season peak for visitors. Leading up to the holiday, 2 lifeguards had evaluated favorable and more than 20 were being quarantined.

Fire and lifeguard authorities stated they had enough personnel for the big weekend, but a cautious City Council chose the difficult closure to keep the remaining guards from having to do more with less.
Boyles said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and county health officials state first responders can work up until they are symptomatic if they have actually been exposed, however Newport has been aggressive with its contact tracing and quarantining.
” The majority of those who tested favorable were already identified as exposed and were in quarantine when their test results came back positive,” Boyles stated. “That tells us that we in theory prevented them from working and triggering an even higher outbreak.”
The contaminated individuals originate from a corps of about 120 firemens, 50 lifeguard reservists, 55 junior guards and 95 in lifeguard operations.