The Levis Fire Department had 15 firefighters in isolation due to COVID-19 on Monday, out of a workforce of about 180.
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Of that number, three are positive and eight are awaiting a result, a Fire Safety Service spokesperson confirmed.
The service also has four firefighters in administrative isolation after one or more of their family members contracted the virus.
There is no closed team
The chief of firefighting operations, Patrick Vallier, stated that there was no outbreak within his teams. “These are all isolated cases, of people with children or family members who have contracted the virus,” he said.
Because of waiting times for checking appointments, no firefighter was able to take a PCR test. The so-called positive cases have been detected using rapid tests and will have to be confirmed at the screening centre.
Mr. Valier also noted that his service has introduced very strict health measures since the first wave of COVID-19.
He stressed, “We have been in a preventive situation since the first wave,” adding that the service strictly monitors the appearance of symptoms among its employees and that these isolated cases do not pose any danger to the safety of the municipality.
Levis firefighters also received their third dose of the vaccine against the virus.
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