Syracuse Fire Department firefighters tested positive for COVID-19

(Syracuse, NY) Four Syracuse Fire Department firefighters tested positive for COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus disease. One member is experiencing mild symptoms, while the other three are asymptomatic at this time. While the exact location and origin of exposure remains under investigation, Fire Station 9, located at 400 Shuart Ave., has been identified as one common location where those who tested positive had contact.

The Department has a contact tracing team and is sharing the information with the Onondaga County Health Department. The Onondaga County Department of Health is actively investigating details surrounding these exposures to better identify how to minimize further risk to the community, as well as other public safety and City personnel.

Since learning of these positive test results, the City took the following actions:

  • Notified additional City employees who may also have been exposed.
  • Fire Station 9 and all fire apparatus assigned there is being sanitized. Members stationed at this location are being asked to isolate until proper testing is conducted.
  • Fire apparatus is temporarily being relocated in order to have the best response times possible

“As we continue our fight on COVID-19 in Syracuse, we do it with the understanding that there is significant risk to our personnel as we respond to the needs of those we serve. The health of our members is being monitored daily and we will continue to provide the necessary services as we move forward. Please assist each other and follow all health guidelines to prevent the spread of this virus.” The Syracuse Fire Department stated in a release.