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City determines employee has not been in fire station or any city facility since mid-March, which is past the 14-day incubation period

A paid on-call firefighter in Gladstone and police department employee are out on leave following the fire department employee's spouse testing positive for COVID-19.

In an email to city councilors on April 6, Gladstone Administrator Jacque Betz said the city completed the appropriate assessment with those involved and determined that the fire department employee has not been in the station or any city facility since mid-March, which is past the 14-day incubation period.

An employee in the police department indicated contact with the fire department employee's spouse on March 29, so as a precaution, the police employee will be at home until further notice, Betz added.

Although fire crews in Gladstone weren't exposed to COVID-19, staffing has been challenging to maintain a three-person crew around the clock, said Gladstone Fire Chief Rick Huffman.

"Fire department crews continue to respond on pandemic-related EMS calls," Huffman wrote in a recent report. "The collaborative and professional response with AMR has been exceptional."

Personal protection equipment supply levels for firefighters have been low in Gladstone, but Huffman added that appropriate exposure protection has been maintained through shipments from the county's warehouse.


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