IFD: 12 firefighters test positive for COVID-19


UPDATE (March 31, 2020)– The Indianapolis Fire Department provided an update Tuesday saying 12 firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis Fire Department says nine of its firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19.

IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith told FOX59 those firefighters are in quarantine at their respective homes and will not return to work until they have been medically cleared by a doctor.

Reith went on to say that firefighters who may have had close contact with those who tested positive are utilizing the Eli Lilly testing program.

Once test results are in, IFD will take appropriate measures in consultation with public health officials, according to Reith.

Officials ask that anyone in the community calling 9-1-1 be forthright with the dispatcher about any flu-like issues they, or any member of their family, may be experiencing – even if the dispatcher does not ask specifically. Public safety agencies have encountered multiple instances where first responders have been called on a non-medical call, only to be told after they’ve arrived that a member of the family is sick with flu-like symptoms.  A second thing they are asking residents when calling for service is to meet them at the door or on the front porch, if they are able. This allows for a quick assessment in an open area and helps reduce risk of unnecessary exposure.

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