Attleboro mayor announces 12 positive virus cases, 84 negative tests among city’s firefighters

Scott Attleboro Fire Covid

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WLNE)– Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux and the city’s fire chief, Scott LaChance, gave an update on Friday following yesterday’s announcement that 11 members of the department tested positive for COVID-19.

As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, 84 members of the department had tested negative. There were 12 positive cases and six more tests pending, according to a statement from Heroux and LaChance.

“I am pleased that the fire chief took action to minimize the spread of this virus,” Heroux said. “Back in March, the first meeting I held with fire, police, water, wastewater, I asked each of the departments to come up with a plan for how they would continue to function if 50 percent of their staff contracted this virus. Plans have been in place for each of those departments since.”

“It was probably inevitable that our fire department was going to have an outbreak at some point,” Heroux added. “Attleboro firefighters transported about 400 COVID positive patients in ambulances since March. This outbreak could have been much worse.”

A deputy fire chief who had tested positive has been released and is recovering at home, according to the statement.

LaChance expressed hope that the worst was over for the department.

“I am optimistic that we have contained the situation and that we will have follow up testing to ensure that the firefighters are safe,” LaChance said. “There has been no reduction in service thanks to the dedication of the firefighters.”

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