Tazewell County EMS employee tests positive for COVID-19

TAZEWELL, VA (WOAY) – An EMS employee in Tazewell County has tested positive for COVID-19.

Todd Day, Town Manager, released the following statement:

I was informed on the evening of August 3rd the Town of Tazewell has an EMS employee that has tested positive for COVID-19. We want to ensure the public that we take this issue very seriously and will continue to operate EMS with a higher level of protocols that will help assist the public and our employees. Each EMS employee has been and will continue to be screened before starting their shift. Each employee who is feeling sick for any reason or running temperature is automatically sent home until their temperatures are normalized. If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, they will not be able to return to work until they have been quarantined for 14 days and then retested until a negative result is obtained. Only at that point are they qualified to interact as an EMS employee. We are enforcing all precautions and protocols required by the medical industry, health department, and any governments charged with making such decisions. As an extra precaution, we will now be restricting all foot traffic from entering the Rescue Squad building unless the individual is employed by the Town of Tazewell EMS. We trust our steps will help assist in continuing to offer a first-class EMS service to the citizens we serve.

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