Elgin firefighter tests positive, is in isolation
The Elgin Fire Department on Thursday reported its first firefighter to test positive for COVID-19.
The employee's last work day was Tuesday before being tested on Wednesday and informed of the result on Thursday.
The firefighter is isolation in one of the hotel rooms reserved by the city in anticipation of such cases.
"This is an unfortunate situation for our employee and our department," said Fire Chief Robb Cagann. "I know we will provide him with needed support as we are hopeful that he has a speedy recovery. "We are doing everything we can to ensure that other employees are also safe."
Five other firefighters came in contact with the employee who tested positive. Those five have not reported symptoms but have been placed in isolation for 14 days.
The fire department notified its other employees and recommended they stay home if they begin feeling ill.
"I am thankful for the quick actions of our team and the ability to get the test results so quickly as well, ensuring the least amount of contact with others possible," Cagann added. "I am also happy our emergency operations team had hotel rooms reserved for such a situation. Having the rooms in Elgin allows our nearby fire station employees to assist our sick employee with food and supplies as needed."