Dublin Fire Brigade firefighter tests positive for COVID-19
Dublin Fire Brigade have confirmed that one of their frontline staff has returned a positive test for COVID-19.
In a statement issued on Sunday afternoon, the organisation confirmed that a firefighter/parademic had been diagnosed with the illness.
The statement confirmed that "the firefighter is under the medical care of the HSE and is doing well, we are respecting their privacy at this time and would ask that others follow likewise."
DFB went on to say that they "are currently working through Public Health to contact trace and assess other members of staff who may have been close or casual contacts.
"We have set up a contact tracing hub and will continue to monitor, communicate with and support all of our personnel providing an essential frontline service during these challenging times."
The statement can be read in full below.
DFB can confirm that one of our Firefighter/Paramedics has been tested positive for COVID 19.
The firefighter is under the medical care of the HSE and is doing well, we are respecting their privacy at this time and would ask that others follow likewise.
Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/AiStHwInaX
— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) March 15, 2020
As things stand there are currently 129 confirmed cases of the illness in the Republic of Ireland, and 45 in Northern Ireland after 11 new cases were announced today (15 March). It is expected that the HSE will provide an updated figure on cases in the Republic later this evening.