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Four San Jose firefighters test positive for coronavirus

In an announcement today from the City of San Jose, officials shared that four San Jose firefighters have contracted COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Two other firefighters are isolated at home due to disease symptoms and are awaiting test results. Eighty other San Jose firefighters have experienced documented exposures and have been restricted from work.

In numerous cases, the ill firefighters’ family members have tested positive for the disease, as well, or are exhibiting symptoms. 

In accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, firefighters who are exposed to people carrying COVID-19 get taken off duty for 14 days and then subject to active monitoring. In the meantime, the firefighters consistently work to decontaminate their equipment, their surroundings, and their own bodies. In the event that firefighter work stations are suspected of contamination, firefighters are relocated while the area is subject to deep cleaning.

The population of San Jose numbers over one million people, leading officials to cite these exposures as inevitable. 

To reduce the burden on emergency and medical resources, people everywhere are encouraged to engage in consistent handwashing and social distancing, and to isolate themselves if they feel sick.

 

 

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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