Overland Park Fire Department confirms administrative staffer tested positive for COVID-19

The Overland Park Fire Department confirmed on Thursday that an administrative staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.

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An administrative staff member with the Overland Park Fire Department has tested positive for COVID-19, the department confirmed Thursday.

“The person’s symptoms appeared while not at work and it is believed their exposure was non work related,” read a release from the department.

OPFD is also tracking the condition of two additional employees who are on home quarantine and being monitored for possible infection as a result of contact with the person who tested positive. Like the staff member confirmed to have COVID-19, neither of those individuals is a first responder who would have had contact with the general public on department duty.

As a result of contact with one of the members of the fire department staff, the Overland Park Police Department has asked six of its employees to self-quarantine.

The department stressed that it is working with its partners to mitigate the possible spread of the virus among staff.

“It is important to remember that only one individual has tested positive for the virus at this point and that person was not in contact with the public,” read the department’s Thursday release. “Both Overland Park Fire and Police Departments are using Johnson County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment guidelines and working diligently with the rest of Overland Park City Staff to disinfect all work areas and to place employees in ‘work from home’ situations when possible.”