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At least one first responder in Tuscaloosa has tested positive for COVID-19.

Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Chief Randy Smith confirmed he learned of the positive test Tuesday afternoon.

The individual was put on paid leave and is in stable condition. Smith said 30 other Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue workers had been in contact with that person, and those workers are self-quarantined and on paid administrative leave.

Smith said his department is taking all the appropriate precautions to keep their workers and the public safe.

“Of course, our staffing is low,” Smith said. “That’s a significant number of personnel. Fortunately, it was spread out over the three shifts.”

Smith said a location has been set up where fire rescue employees can spend their quarantine if they don’t want to go home and risk exposing family members.

Categories: COVID-19, Local News