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Two Vancouver firefighters test positive for COVID-19

Last Updated Aug 2, 2020 at 5:44 pm PDT

FILE - Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company's lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summary

The two firefighters are self-isolating, as is anyone who came into contact with them on the job

A city spokesperson says the situation does not pose any risk to the public because firefighters wear PPE

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Two Vancouver firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from holiday, according to the City of Vancouver.

In a statement issued Sunday, a city spokesperson says the situation does not pose any risk to the public because firefighters wear protective equipment to all calls.

“[Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services] confirmed two firefighters contracted COVID-19 while on holiday.” the statement reads.

“One of firefighters in question worked a shift prior to showing symptoms. The crews who worked with that individuals are now in self-isolation and other staff were called in to cover.”

Contact-tracing is being done by Vancouver Coastal Health.

The city spokesperson says self-isolation requirements have not compromised staffing levels.

“VFRS has sufficient apparatus and staff on duty to respond to all emergencies,” the statement reads.