911 center employee in Billings tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 6:12 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 10:28:01-04

An employee at the 911 center has tested positive for COVID-19, the city of Billings reported Wednesday.

The Billings Fire Department reported Tuesday that the staff member tested positive, and RiverStone Health determined through a contact investigation that the virus was not contracted at the dispatch center, according to the city.

The employee is quarantined at home on the advice of a health care provider.

No other 911 employees need to be quarantined, and operations have not been disrupted, according to the city's release.

The Billings Fire Department will continue to monitor staff, follow CDC guidelines and restrict access to the center.

The full release is below:

On July 7, 2020, the Billings Fire Department reported one staff member in the 911 Center was confirmed as having tested positive for COVID-19. A contact investigation was conducted by RiverStone Health to determine the extent of possible transmission to other City employees at the 911 Center. The contracting of this virus did not take place at the 911 Center. This employee is currently in quarantine at their residence under the advice of a health care provider. No further quarantine measures are needed for additional 911 Center employees, at this time. This positive test will not disrupt any 911 Center services to the public and the vacancy caused by the quarantining of this individual will be filled by qualified 911 Center staff members. The BFD has proactively prepared for the eventuality of a staff member contracting COVID-19 since the onset of this virus in our community. The BFD will continue to monitor staff, adhere to all enhanced safety implementations, and follow all CDC guidelines to maintain a healthy workforce. Restricted access to the 911 Center will remain in effect.