Berkeley County says 7 EMS workers have tested positive for COVID-19

Berkeley County says 7 EMS workers have tested positive for COVID-19
(Source: AP)

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - After previously declining to disclose how many Emergency Medical Services employees were diagnosed with COVID-19, Berkeley County announced on Thursday that a total of seven EMS workers have tested positive for the virus.

Four EMS personnel tested positive between June 3 and July 3, while seven employees “are currently self-isolating due to concern for COVID-19, inclusive of personnel who have tested positive or waiting on test results,” according to the county government’s response to a public records request from Live 5 News.

The county says that the Medic 3 in Moncks Corner is the only EMS station where there have been two or more confirmed coronavirus cases among employees.

Live 5 News initially requested information about COVID-19 cases among EMS personnel from local county governments in early July.

Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg Counties all promptly responded, revealing that a total of 10 Lowcountry EMS workers had been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

However, Berkeley County declined to disclose this information at the time, claiming that it could personally identify people and that EMS operations had not been significantly impacted by the coronavirus.

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