Half a dozen firefighters at a fire department in North Carolina have tested positive for COVID-19 in the latest outbreak to rack local emergency responders.
The City of Sanford reported six firefighters at one of its three fire stations contracted the virus despite all stations having been closed to the public since the pandemic was declared in March, city officials said Thursday in a news release. Sanford is about 45 minutes southwest of Raleigh.
It’s at least the third coronavirus outbreak at a North Carolina fire department since September. “The employees are currently recovering at home in isolation,” officials said in the release. “To protect their privacy, the employees’ identities will not be released, nor will the City comment on their medical condition.”
All firefighters are being tested for COVID-19 and the Lee County Health Department is conducting contact tracing, according to the release. The city’s fire stations are also being “cleaned and sanitized” between every shift and officials said the “reduction in staff” shouldn’t effect response times.