COVID-19 outbreak hits Albemarle Fire Department, three firefighters hospitalized

ALBEMARLE, N.C. (WBTV) – A North Carolina fire department has actually been gotten rid of by a COVID-19 break out.

Fire authorities with the Albemarle Fire Department state 3 of its firemens remain in the healthcare facility due to the fact that of the infection.

An overall of 10 firemens within the department have actually checked favorable considering that July 9th.

One has actually been clinically cleared and gone back to work, while 5 extra need to be cleared to return today, according to the department.

Fire and city authorities held an interview Wednesday afternoon.

Fire Chief Pierre Brewton stated all shift workers, aside from battalion chiefs, are staying at home on what they are calling an important care break.

Firemens from Concord and Kannapolis are actioning in to assist serve the Albemarle neighborhood.

“They’re smaller and logistically they can’t handle having 10 people out with an outbreak,” Brian Taylor, State Fire Marshal, stated.

Out of simply 39 firemens, 10 checked favorable for covid-19 and 3 remain in the healthcare facility.

“At this time all Albemarle Fire Department staff are receiving a break for their mental, physical and emotional well being,” Albemarle City Supervisor Michael Ferris stated.

We asked Fire Chief Pierre Brewton whether any of the firemens evaluating favorable are immunized, however he stated he cannot address that.

“What I can tell you is the city of Albemarle does not have a vaccine or vaccination policy,” Chief Brewton stated. “What we do is actually follow the guidance given locally, state and federal.”

Stanly County has among the most affordable vaccination rates in the state, with simply 32% totally and 34% partly immunized.

Chief Brewton states they are taking actions to keep firemens and the neighborhood safe by sterilizing all devices and needing pre-screening.

“Before anyone starts a daily shift at that point we will conduct baseline testing and that is temperature checks and asking pertinent questions,” he stated.

Stanly County Commissioner Peter Asciutto went to journalism conference.

He stated city authorities missed out on a chance to spread out a crucial message to the Albemarle neighborhood.

“When they had the chance to say what the community could do, all they recommended was thoughts and prayers, when CDC guidelines, which they kept talking about, recommend to get vaccinated, and if you’re not vaccinated to wear a mask, wash your hands and socially distance,” Ascuitto stated.

Stanly County Health Director David Jenkins informed WBTV call tracing can be difficult due to the fact that not everybody they call wants to address their concerns.

Jenkins states about 150 individuals enter the health department for a shot every week, however with the Delta alternative dispersing, he wishes to see that number increase.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.