L.A. County firefighters under isolation after treating coronavirus patient

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Personnel with the Los Angeles County Fire Department are being monitored under isolation after they treated a coronavirus patient who died.

On March 9, first responders were dispatched to a patient in cardiac arrest. Medical personnel resuscitated the patient and transported the individual to an area hospital, where they passed away. Later, the department learned the patient died and had COVID-19.

"LACoFD personnel exposed to the patient have been isolated from work and are now undergoing active monitoring at home. Our personnel are currently symptom free and are being reviewed regularly for any developing symptoms," the department said in a statement.

The department added that they have existing protocol and procedures on protective equipment and safe patient handling in regards to COVID-19, which are consistent with guidelines set forth by the Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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