2 LA City and 8 Long Beach Firefighters Test Positive for Coronavirus


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Two Los Angeles city firefighters were recovering at home today after testing positive for COVID-19, authorities said.

"Last Friday the LAFD began offering COVID-19 tests to our firefighters who had symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus," the LAFD said in a statement Tuesday.

The department said 79 individuals have been tested.

"Two firefighters have received positive test results and are both home at this time recovering from the illness," the statement said.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department reported that 11 officers and one civilian employee of the LAPD have tested positive for the virus, and all were quarantining at home.

Meanwhile in Long Beach there were also cases.

LONG BEACH (CNS) - Eight Long Beach firefighters have tested positive for coronavirus, prompting a sanitizing effort at city fire station and notifications of people who may have come into contact with them, city officials announced today.

The firefighters are all in "stable condition" and are in isolation at home, according to the city.

"Our Long Beach firefighters are community heroes, and they have been on the front lines every day of this health crisis," Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. "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 officials said they are still investigating how the firefighters were exposed, but all eight had recently worked at Fire Station 11, located at 160 E. Market St. That station and all apparatus in it are being sanitized, and operations will not resume at the facility until that cleaning effort is finished.

The city of Long Beach has reported a total of 41 coronavirus cases as of Wednesday morning. That number only includes four of the affected firefighters, since the other four do not live in the city.