Metro Fire Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Mather, CA – The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire or the District) was notified today that a member tested positive for COVID-19. This employee was a member of a team that provided care to a patient who had called 911 and was transported to a local emergency department for further treatment.

Metro Fire was notified a few days after the request for service that the patient tested positive for COVID-19. Subsequently our employee who had already been placed off work due to developing symptoms was tested, leading to the positive test result received today. This chain of events occurred within the last week.

Once aware, Metro Fire notified all other personnel who worked with the employee. We are following all guidelines issued by Sacramento County Public Health, including monitoring all potentially exposed employees for symptoms and maintaining facility cleanliness.

We remain committed to our mission of providing emergency service delivery throughout our jurisdiction. Our most valuable resource are our employees, including our first responders in the field and the professional staff who supports them with logistical, financial, fleet maintenance, and other essential services critical to emergency response. It is imperative that our entire staff remains healthy. To reduce exposures we have established procedures to maintain social distancing when feasible in the work environment, alternative work locations and hours, and increased cleaning at all our facilities.

Currently, even with the recent positive COVID-19 test, we remain fully staffed and all essential services are uninterrupted. Our Community Risk Reduction Division (commonly known as fire prevention) is operational for new construction inspections and plan review services. Fire Inspectors will continue to work via phone, email, or through teleconference. If you have any questions, please contact our main office at (916) 859-4300.

The most up to date information about COVID-19 is available on our website at www.metrofire.ca.gov/covid-19 by following the links to the Sacramento County COVID-19 webpage.

For further information and details, please contact Captain Chris Vestal at (916) 616-2430.

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