Rojana Dhamma Rescue Foundation, Sattahip yesterday, May 22nd, announced on its Facebook official page a temporary closure of its rescue center after a group of rescuers and volunteers had rescued an injured person who was later found to be positive for the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
Pichit Keaokkutun, Head of the rescue foundation, told reporters that the rescuers were alerted of an accident involving a foreign national who had reportedly slipped and fell at his home last Thursday, May 20th. They rushed to the scene and immediately took him to the nearest hospital without wearing protection suits as they were told that he was not infected. However, the team was reportedly wearing facial masks and gloves at all times during the operation.
Unfortunately, the patient was later pronounced dead and was reported as positive for a Covid-19 infection. The name and nationality of the victim was not released. The rescue officials, therefore, decided to temporarily close the foundation and conduct public health measures.
Almost all of the rescuers at the foundation who were on duty of the case are currently in a local quarantine at their homes for 14 days, resulting in a temporary limitation of public service in Chonburi.
All of the quarantined officers will seek a Covid-19 swab test. The results will be announced on the official Facebook page as soon as possible.
The foundation building was closed for a major cleaning this weekend. Visitors are not allowed to enter or contact the staff at the building. All of the equipment and vehicles were sprayed and wiped with disinfectant.
“Chonburi citizens can directly contact the hotline 1669 and officials and an ambulance from your nearest hospital will approach you as quickly as possible. And we would like you to disclose you and your relatives’ health background to our officers so that we would protect ourselves in order to be able to help other cases in need in the future,” Pichit concluded.
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