Press release: PFARS responder tests positive

April 2 press release from the Princeton Health Department

Per-Diem Princeton First Aid Squad Member Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A Princeton First Aid Squad (PFARS) per-diem member has tested positive for COVID-19.  The member began displaying symptoms on Thursday, March 26, and immediately took steps to self-isolate. The member is  not hospitalized and existing symptoms of COVID-19 have subsided.  The member had contact with the public on one occasion during the period of communicability. This instance posed little to no threat of exposure due to the squad member’s wearing of protective equipment. All PFARS members that had direct contact with the member have been notified by PFARS leadership or the Princeton Health Department.  The Princeton First Aid Squad has been employing a continuity of operations plan over the last several weeks which has isolated this exposure to a small group of members and mitigated the risk of exposure to the department as a whole. The small group of members are all being quarantined at this time.

Immediately upon receipt of information that the member was not feeling well, measures were taken by PFARS to disinfect all areas of the building and ambulances (which are decontaminated after every use).

The Municipality of Princeton wishes the first aid squad member a rapid and full recovery.