Two More Long Beach Firefighters have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus, Bring the Total to Ten
Updated: Mar 27, 2020
2 additional Long Beach Fire Department firefighters have contacted the coronavirus, bring the total number to 10.
None of the recently confirmed firefighters live in Long Beach, according to the Press-Telegram.
Eight Long Beach Fire Department firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. All eight of the infected firefighters are in stable condition and are recouping at home in self-isolation, city officials said Wednesday.
At this time, the source of exposure to the virus remains under investigation by the L.B Health Department, however, Fire Station 11, located at 160 E. Market Street in North Long Beach, has been recognized as a possible link to those who have tested positive to the coronavirus, according to city officials.
What they're saying:
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia: “Our Long Beach Firefighters are community heroes, and they have been on the frontlines every day of this health crisis,” and “We are doing everything we can to provide support to these firefighters and their families. We recognize the seriousness of this latest development and are committed to doing all that we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Long Beach.”
City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis: "The treatment of these firefighters, along with all of our current positive cases, remains our highest priority,” and “We are aware of the impact of these results on our community and understand the significant concerns this news brings. We are working diligently to identify potential situations where additional exposure may have occurred.”
City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis said there are "a few [first responders] that are awaiting test results".
41 positive results, which include 4 Long Beach firefighters who are Long Beach residents.
One CSULB student was diagnosed.
1 death due to complications regarding the coronavirus.
5 people have recovered.
LBPD did change their arrest procedure due to COVID-19 saying "Individuals with low-level misdemeanors, who exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms, will be cited out in the field and not transported to the Jail for booking", says LBPD Spokesperson Jennifer De Prez.