FL: Hillsborough deputies quarantined after performing CPR on COVID-19 patient

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Three deputies performed life-saving measures on the man who was hospitalized for a suspected overdose, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

TAMPA — Three Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies have been quarantined after performing life-saving measures on a man who later tested positive for COVID-19, authorities said.

Deputies dispatched about 8:30 p.m. Sunday to a home in Thonotosassa for a report of a man down arrived to find him unconscious, according to a news release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Three deputies who arrived before paramedics worked together to revive the man, first performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and then using a defibrillator.

When the deputies learned the man had used heroin at the home earlier that night, they gave him the overdose reversal drug Narcan. The man was taken to the hospital to be treated for a suspected overdose.

Test results from the hospital revealed the man had pneumonia, and family members said he hadn’t been feeling well for about a week. Test results for COVID-19, the disease called by the novel coronavirus, came back positive, the news release said.

The three deputies have been placed on a 14-day quarantine and will be monitored for symptoms of the virus.

No Hillsborough deputies have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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