City turns tennis center into quarantine space for 3 Georgetown firefighters exposed to virus

Three Georgetown firefighters were informed on the evening of March 27 that they needed to quarantine. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Three Georgetown firefighters were informed on the evening of March 27 that they needed to quarantine. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Three Georgetown firefighters were informed on the evening of March 27 that they needed to quarantine. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

A group of three Georgetown firefighters are in quarantine at the Georgetown Parks and Recreation Tennis Center after exposure to a known coronavirus patient.

The tennis center is serving as the city’s quarantine area; the facility is closed, and there is no additional public health risk in that area, city officials said in a Facebook post.



The firefighters were informed on the evening of March 27 that they needed to quarantine and to self-monitor themselves for symptoms of the virus, Georgetown Fire Department Chief John Sullivan said to Community Impact Newspaper.

“None of the firefighters, then or now, have exhibited COVID-19 symptoms, as such they are in quarantine and not isolation,” Sullivan said. “It is important to note that there is a clear distinction between quarantine and isolation. The term quarantine is used when a person does not show symptoms but was exposed to an infected patient. Isolation occurs when a person shows symptoms of the virus.”

The firefighters will be in quarantine for 14 days and will receive a coronavirus test if they show symptoms of the virus—including fever, cough and sore throat, Sullivan said. The firefighters have been able to communicate with their families during the quarantine period.

By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019, and in addition, editor of Leander-Cedar Park in August 2020.


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