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Fire department Chief addresses COVID-19 rumors

Fire Chief Clive Richardson would like to address social media rumors with respect to COVID-19. Richardson said on Tuesday that he does not have COVID-19.

“It is overly concerning that individuals would spread social media rumors of such a nature that the Fire Chief has COVID-19. This is emphatically not the case,” Richardson said on Tuesday.

Last week Richardson announced that the Collection Prevention Services (CPS) had identified one fire fighter who tested positive for COVID-19. In the meantime, four additional firefighters have been classified as COVID-19 positive.

All COVID-19 positive firefighters are currently at home under quarantine and contact tracing is being carried out by the staff of CPS.

The Fire Department has implemented its COVID-19 continuity plan as the department’s response to the COVID-19 situation and to protect the health of department personnel, fire emergency first responders and department visitors.