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FDNY quarantines dozens of firefighters, concerned they have the coronavirus

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The FDNY has taken a precautionary step by quarantining 38 of its firefighters over concern that they may be infected with the COVID-19 virus.

According to the New York Post, the FDNY has also altered its staff scheduling to make up for the shortage.

As of today, only one EMS worker has tested positive for the virus.

The FDNY has switched EMS workers from 8-hour shifts to 12-hour and also eliminating partner rotation to reduce the virus’s spread.

“These modifications will increase social distancing where possible, limit member to member contact within our ranks, and will not impact our operational response, only the scheduling of our workforce,” the FDNY said in a statement.

The department has also created a new call designation, “fever/cough.” It’s so first responders are aware they may be entering a COVID-19 related emergency.

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