6 West Chester firefighters from same station test positive for coronavirus

Six firefighters from West Chester Twp.’s Fire Station 74 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

A positive test result came back for one firefighter at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and the township immediately notified other firefighter working the shift at the station on Beckett Road, according to spokeswoman Barb Wilson.

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The six individuals who have confirmed positive cases are isolated at their homes. The township has conducted 18 tests including the six firefighters who tested positive. Some of the tests were negative and they are awaiting results for the rest.

Because the crew was already in the station on Saturday, and the daily disinfection had already occurred, the crew stayed at the station until shift change on Sunday. At 6 a.m. Sunday, the next shift did not go into the station, but rather staged from the safety services center until Station 74 could be disinfected. The crews were back in the station before 6 p.m. Sunday.

These cases have not impacted the level of service to the West Chester community, Wilson said.

“West Chester took precautions early on ensuring personnel were equipped with and wore full personal protection equipment when coming in contact with the public, and that patients treated by our personnel also wore masks,” Wilson said. “Temperature checks are done every day and anyone displaying symptoms is directed to stay home.”

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