Dozens of Fort Wayne firefighters quarantined after 2 test positive for COVID-19

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Approximately 45 firefighters with the Fort Wayne Fire Department have been placed in quarantine at four fire stations after it was determined they were exposed to two firefighters who tested positive for COVID-19.

“Only those two [fire fighters] have been tested and confirmed at this point, we’re following the directions of the Department of Health and the County Department of Health in working through what we do with the other 49 at this point…,” said Fire Chief Eric Lahey.

The department made the announcement Friday afternoon in an email saying that the firefighters will be quarantined for two weeks and their exposure occurred over the course of multiple shifts.

“Out of the 18 fire stations we have at least four fire stations that were affected directly,” Lahey said.

The email noted that public safety will not be compromised and to ensure that, firefighters who were not exposed have been offered overtime to fill open positions at affected stations. In all the fire department operates 18 fire stations across Fort Wayne.

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