Saskatoon fire station placed under COVID-19-related quarantine
Published Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:16AM CST Last Updated Thursday, March 12, 2020 2:35PM CST
Fire Station No. 4 is pictured March 12, 2020. (Chad Leroux/CTV Saskatoon)
SASKATOON -- A Saskatoon fire station is now under a precautionary quarantine.
Wednesday night a fire engine responded to a medical call for a patient experiencing shortness of breath, Saskatoon Fire Department said in a news release.
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The quarantine at Fire Station No. 4 was initiated after it was learned the patient was to be tested for COVID-19.
A note posted on the station's door Thursday morning read "DO NOT ENTER. HALL UNDER ISOLATION. SFD members contact your Batt Chief before entry."
Two Saskatoon paramedics who responded to a call Wednesday night were initially put into self-isolation according to Troy Davies, director of public affairs for Medavie Health Services West.
"We pulled the staff from the ambulance immediately; we pulled the truck from the street immediately."
The two paramedics were sent home and have since been downgraded from self-isolation to self-monitoring, Davies said.
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"A lot of this isn't black and white, this is all a grey area, this is new."
If more cases arise in the province Davies said calls involving symptoms of COVID-19 will be approached with extra caution.
"They have to assume (patients) have the virus until proven otherwise. They'll be wearing their protective gear."