Big Island firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

Big Island firefighter tests positive for COVID-19
Hawaii County Fire File

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Big Island battalion chief headquartered at the Waikoloa fire station has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

Five people at the station are now self-quarantining as a precaution.

Hawaii County said the battalion chief, who remains asymptomatic, took a COVID-19 test Saturday in “compliance with pre/post travel requirements to Oahu.”

The positive result was returned Monday.

“All fire personnel considered possible contacts will follow department protocols and will receive two COVID-19 tests over the course of this week and next week,” Fire Chief Darren Rosario said.

“They must receive negative tests in order to return to work, following department protocols.”

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