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Wisconsin paramedic shares his experience monitoring coronavirus patients

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MUKWONGO (WKOW)   -- Earlier this month, a Wisconsin paramedic found himself inside a quarantine zone in San Diego, California.

Pete Brierton told WISN he is a member of Wisconsin 1's Disaster Medical Assistance Team, and was stationed at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station when a group of 262 United States citizens landed there.

He told WISN that they were evacuees from China, and had already been through at least three screenings for coronavirus.

Two of them eventually tested positive for coronavirus.

For two weeks, Brierton and his team monitored all the evacuees while they were under quarantine. But he said they were never really nervous about interacting with them.

"Where our base of operation was, was set up next to a playground. So the kids were out there paying and we tried to interact with them and to me that was cracking me up, to try to get these kids playing games and trying to get them out of their shell a little bit," Brierton told WISN. "Kicking a soccer ball, playing basketball, both of which I do very poorly, but it was fun to see the kids get out, just to have a normalized situation, enjoying it."

He said he doesn't think he'll be diagnosed with the virus, and doesn't believe coronavirus will be much threat to people here in Wisconsin.

Sara Maslar-Donar

Reporter, WKOW 27 News

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