Fort Dodge Fire Rescue released a statement Tuesday Afternoon announcing that one of their firefighters has tested positive for covid-19. The firefighter is currently at home under self quarantine. The statement says the dept. has protocols in place to limit & prevent the spread of the virus between patients and fire personnel. The Fire Dept. says they are working with Webster County Public Health to identify people who may have been in contact with the affected fire personnel. Those people will be contacted directly as part of the contact tracing process. Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter said ” Fort Dodge Fire Rescue personnel are community hearoes and have been on the front lines everyday. We take any potential exposure seriously. Our Dept. is committed to preventing the spread of covid-19 and protecting the citizens we serve.” Due to health privacy rights no information on the firefighter has been released.
Webster County Public Health issued a statement Tuesday Afternoon that says the county now has 100 confirmed covid-19 cases. Of those 100 cases, 53 are between the ages of 18-40, 26 are 41-60 years old, 12 are 61-80, 8 are children under 18 and 1 is an elderly person over 80.