KIRKLAND, Wash. – Currently twenty-five Kirkland firefighters and two Kirkland police officers have been placed under quarantine out of an abundance of caution due to a COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak at a care facility.
The first responders under quarantine had responded to calls for various medical complaints at the Life Care Center, one of which resulted in a patient being transferred to Evergreen Hospital. Firefighters are either under home quarantine or are utilizing a Kirkland fire station for quarantine. Firefighters that would normally be staffing that station have been relocated. The Kirkland Fire Department is fully staffed and responding to calls for service.
“I would like to specifically acknowledge the outstanding work of our firefighters during these events,” said City Manager Kurt Triplett. “They have been doing their job and assisting people in this care facility for the past few weeks. At the recommendation of Public Health, this has meant that any firefighters who responded to a call at the facility is in quarantine due to an abundance of caution. None of them are presenting any symptoms and we hope they will be tested and cleared soon. In the meantime, other firefighters are covering through overtime and are continuing to respond to calls throughout the city.”
The City has activated its Emergency Operations Center and is in close communication with Public Health Seattle King County to coordinate the response. For up-to-date information please visit the Public Health Seattle King County website