11 members of the Attleboro Fire Department test positive for COVID-19

ATTLEBORO, MASS. (WLNE) – Nine fire fighters and two dispatchers in Attleboro are under quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Members of the department tested positive for the virus between Thursday of last week and Monday. While most were asymptomatic, a District Chief is in Rhode Island Hospital in serious condition, fighting for his life.

According to Attleboro Mayor, Paul Heroux, most of the 11 positive cases worked the same shift at the city’s main fire station.

The department immediately started contact tracing and all fire fighters were tested. Of more than 100 fire fighters, only 9 tests came back positive.

All ladders, trucks, equipment and stations have since been cleaned and the infected fire fighters remain quarantined.

Mayor Paul Heroux said, “Fire services and emergency services remain uninterrupted. we have enough fire fighters that we’re able to call people in for overtime to make up for the positions that have to be held out because they’re now in quarantine. so people should continue to call 911 if they have any concerns.”

As of Thursday morning, ABC 6 is told that the District Chief’s condition is improving and he is expected to make a full recovery.

According to the state of Massachusetts most recent set of data, Attleboro is one of 11 new communities who are back in the “Red Zone” labled as a high-risk community.

The Attleboro community will not be allowed to enter to the next section of Phase 3. Many indoor venues will not be allowed to reopen for another two weeks. T

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