(BLOOMINGTON) – A Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee has received a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test.
The employee began experiencing mild symptoms on Saturday, October 24 and received the positive result Sunday, October 25. Having last worked Wednesday, October 21, the employee is taking paid leave to recover.
The employee is the fourth member of the BFD to have received a positive COVID-19 result; the BFD’s previous COVID case was reported on June 29.
An internal contact tracing process conducted by the BFD according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) guidelines determined that no coworkers had been placed at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through this employee. It was also ascertained that no members of the public had been placed at risk of exposure by the employee in the course of their work. Additional BFD protocols completed include decontamination of the station and apparatus that the affected employee came into contact with, and messaging to employees to reinforce protocols in place to limit spread.
Today’s announcement marks the fifteenth COVID-19 diagnosis among City workers, including those employed by Utilities and Bloomington Transit. An additional City employee reported a positive COVID-19 antibody test result.
The City of Bloomington is committed to sharing information about how its operations and workforce are affected by this public health emergency, and will continue to provide updates about confirmed cases among staff while protecting employees’ privacy.