FDNY EMS worker tests positive for coronavirus, city's 1st confirmed first responder case

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An FDNY EMS worker has tested positive for coronavirus, making it the city's first confirmed case of a first responder, the FDNY EMS union announced Monday. 

“Today we received confirmation that a member of the FDNY Emergency Medical Services, assigned to the Borough of Brooklyn, has tested positive for the Coronavirus, also identified as COVID-19," Oren Barzilay, president of FDNY EMS Local 2507 said in a statement. "This is the first confirmed case by one of New York City’s medical first responders."

He added, "This was inevitable, given that our members are continually exposed to diseases and illness."

The individual and several of their co-workers are now under a mandatory quarantine, he said. 

"We are confident that the FDNY, together with the Departmentof Health, will be diligent in tracking down people outside of the Department that have been in contact with this member," he added. 

No details such as age or gender were released.