3 Georgetown Fire Department employees test positive for COVID-19; city reviewing additional closures

The firefighters all work in three different city facilities and wore personal protective equipment when interacting directly with the public. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
The firefighters all work in three different city facilities and wore personal protective equipment when interacting directly with the public. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

The firefighters all work in three different city facilities and wore personal protective equipment when interacting directly with the public. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Three Georgetown Fire Department firefighters have recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release sent June 30. These are the first cases of public-facing city employees testing positive for COVID-19 in Georgetown.

The firefighters all work in three different city facilities and wore personal protective equipment when interacting directly with the public, the release said, adding all staff who were exposed to the employees confirmed to have COVID-19 were evaluated for exposure risk, symptoms, and, when recommended, COVID-19 tests, and appropriate action was taken.

Employees who are exposed and/or developing symptoms are identified through the COVID-19 screening and exposure process, the release said. The city follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and works closely with the Williamson County and Cities Health District to minimize COVID-19 risk to employees and the community.


"At this time, the city has enough staffing to continue to meet service demand and is working through plans to address any staffing shortages as they arise," the release said. "Due in part to the increasing occurrence of COVID-19 within the community, we expect more employees to test positive for COVID-19 in the coming weeks, and will share that information only when residents will see a change in services."

While most city facilities are open to the public and offering limited services, all employees and visitors are required to maintain physical distance and wear masks when that is not possible. Employees also are required to take their temperatures upon entering a city facility.


Given the recent case surges in the area, the city is reviewing additional closures to keep the public and staff safe, according to the release.


It also said the city and other health and government partners continue to stress the importance of practicing good personal hygiene and maintaining social distance during essential activities to disrupt the spread of the virus.
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.


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