8 firefighters in Mishawaka test positive for COVID-19
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The Mishawaka Fire Department confirmed that 8 firefighters tested positive for COVID-19 and are now self-isolating in their homes.
Each firefighter has exhibited different signs of the coronavirus, but overall their symptoms have been mild.
The firefighters will remain in self-isolation until they are approved to return to work by the local health authority.
The Department originally learned of 2 positive tests on May 31. These two individuals initially felt ill on the morning of May 30 and were tested along with everyone who worked with them.
Then, there were another 4 positive tests that came in on June 1.
In order to control the spread of the virus and mitigate exposure, drive-thru tests were issued the morning of June 2, and 2 more positives tests came back.
6 positive tests came from Station 1, one from Station 2 and another one from Station 3.
Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood released a statement on the positive tests: “Our hearts and minds are with these firefighters and their families during this difficult period and we are praying for a speedy recovery. This turn of events shows how contagious this virus is and how fast it can be spread. The fire department along with our medical partners acted quickly and appropriately and at this time we feel confident we have this current situation under control. Our public can feel secure to call upon our fire department and its members to assist you at any moment, just like you would have in the past. I also would like to remind everyone to continue to follow all CDC guidelines including washing your hands, using sanitizer, and remember to social distance. We all have a role to play in protecting our own health as well as our neighbors.”
Contact tracing will be handled by the Department of Health.
The Fire Department also said that they are monitoring the situation and working closely with local and county health officials to ensure everyone's safety.