The city has declared a state of emergency as COVID-19 in Toronto continues to spread. However, essential workers are still out and about in attempts to keep the city safe. On Sunday, the Toronto Fire Department has announced that multiple firefighters have tested positive and are currently in self-isolation.According to a news release, Toronto Fire Services discovered that six of their employees tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday. "As the Medical Officer of Health has said many times, our emergency responders are vulnerable to this virus because the nature of our work can expose us to infectious disease, including COVID-19. We were prepared for this eventuality," their statement says.The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA) tweeted that they now have over 200 firefighters in isolation who may have been exposed to the virus. The precautions have been taken "predominately due to recent travel."However, the ones that have contracted the virus have said that it is the worst thing they have experienced. In a memo obtained by Global News, Frank Ramagnano, the president of the TPFFA wrote, “these members were all very healthy yet the virus is having a very strong negative effect on them. Some have commented it is the worst thing they have experienced, and are concerned they may be hospitalized.”
Update: Six Toronto firefighters have tested positive for #COVID19. 200+ members are self-isolating, predominantly… https://t.co/TgsawlLd8F— Toronto Firefighters (@Toronto Firefighters)1585517821.0
However, this will not be affecting the team's ability to respond to emergencies, according to their news release. Even though it can be difficult to keep their distance on the job, all staff have their own personal protective equipment to limit their exposure to COVID-19.
We continue doing all we can for our members and Torontonians as we deal with the pandemic, and continue to monitor… https://t.co/dzQuTEM2SM— Toronto Firefighters (@Toronto Firefighters)1585517857.0
"We continue to take every precaution when responding to calls. All frontline staff are highly trained and equipped with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)," says their online statement.
The TPFFA has also tweeted that "response times remain unaffected."
Sad to report one of our fire fighters has tested positive for COVID-19 Our thoughts and prayers are with him and… https://t.co/OTsoq6jo3b— Oakville PFFA (@Oakville PFFA)1585509183.0
In addition to the six cases in Toronto, there has also been one case reported in the Oakville Professional Fire Fighters' Association and one reported case in the Mississauga Fire Department.