Two Lynchburg firefighters tested for COVID-19 after coming in contact with a patient that tested positive


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg Fire Chief Greg Wormser announced today, April 2, that two firefighters are currently being tested after coming in contact with a patient that later tested positive for COVID-19.

The two firefighters began showing symptoms and are currently in quarantine as they wait for test results. The firefighters were stationed at Fire Station 3, located on Fort Avenue. The station is closed as it undergoes cleaning. The 15 firefighters who worked with them are also under self-quarantine but are not exhibiting symptoms. Off-duty personnel will temporarily fill in.

“We wish our staff the very best. Our firefighters are incredibly resilient. We hope we are just erring on the side of caution, and the tests come back negative but either way, their health and safety and the health and safety of the community we serve are our first priority.”

Greg Wormser, Lynchburg Fire Chief

Wormser said Fire Station 1 closed earlier this week as a precaution after another firefighter tested positive with coronavirus. The station will reopen on Friday.

They are working to create alternatives to keep personnel safe, while not reducing their total number of staff on-duty.

“This new model will allow for less exposure for our personnel while still providing quality response time and care,” said Wormser.

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