Hagerstown first responders in quarantine after helping COVID-19 patient


HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — A Community Rescue Service provider is awaiting COVID-19 test results after helping a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Two Hagerstown firefighters and three Community Rescue Service providers responded to a call on Friday, March 20 in Hagerstown for a person “in need of critical medical attention.” Authorities discovered the patient had COVID-19 after the patient died. The county implied that this patient was the third person to die of COVID-19 in the state of Maryland, and was a Montgomery County resident visiting Washington County.

According to the Washington County Joint Information Center, two of the three CRS providers are continuing to work with personal protective equipment. The third provider is self-isolating and is awaiting test results after developing a fever.

The two firefighters have been quarantined “out of an abundance of caution.”

The Maryland Health Department’s latest numbers from 10 a.m. on March 25 say two people in Washington County tested positive for COVID-19. Statewide, there are 423 positive cases and four deaths.

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