Aug. 7, 2020
Immigration status does not impede calling 911 and dying at home from COVID 19 says HFD
The chief of the Houston Fire department, Sam Pena has called on all those living in Houston to do their part in helping to stop COVID 19 SARS COV2, from spreading further despite the immigration status of the residents.
The chief continued to emphasize three prevention measures, wearing a face mask that has been mandated statewide by the governor of Texas, respiratory hygiene, and physical distancing.
The chief of fire continues to say that they have noticed that some people are dying at home from COVID19, some likely from fear of going to the emergency rooms with the belief that they will come in contact with the coronavirus there while others because of immigration status, fear to go for the testing and or seek medical and or emergency help. The chief said they do not share personal information with other agencies of the government except with the insurance companies and department of health both of which are not connected to immigration or homeland security. The population of Houston is therefore called upon to go for testing and get help if they have symptoms that could require emergency care like shortness of breath and chest pains.
It should be noted that the fire department continues to have many positive results among the firefighters and have already lost two staff members related to COVID 19 complications.
Dr. Akwo Ntuba Thompson