According to the fire department, four firefighters in San Jose tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 77 firefighters were quarantined, officials confirmed on Thursday.
San Jose Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 230, said in a statement that in addition to the four tested positive, two other firefighters are waiting in isolation for test results. City officials confirmed Thursday that a fireman had been diagnosed with the virus.
City manager Dave Sykes spoke at a press conference at Mineta San Jose International Airport and said, “As of this week, we have a fireman who has tested positive for coronavirus and may have exposed other firefighters.”
The spread started with a single firefighter working one shift in station # 2 and several other stations before testing positive. He is stationed in station No. 9.
Sources said NBC Bay Area said the first infected fireman had flown to southern California, where he was diagnosed. He is said to be in serious condition at an intensive care unit in Long Beach.
The department does not know how or when the first fireman was exposed to the virus, nor can he say who may have been exposed on his journey home or answering emergency calls.
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It was not clear where the other infected firefighters were treated.
According to the city, the firefighters have tested
Several family members who tested tested positive for the virus
positive or showed symptoms.
Stations with a possible exposure to the virus will be temporary
closed, disinfected and thoroughly cleaned while the displaced firefighters are
Relocation to another station, according to the city and the union.
“Response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it grows
Our residents are an unprecedented challenge and we are up to the challenge
Challenge, “said Sean Kaldor, President of IAFF Local 230, in a statement.
“But it also takes a huge toll on us if we get sick and support ourselves
our sick family members. “
The fire department said that their response and commitment to public safety should not be compromised.
“Our department is large with over 700 active firefighters. We were able to refill to keep it up and running,” SJFD said on social media. “We remain committed to our mission to protect the community through prevention and education.”
Bay City News contributed to this report.