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MANSFIELD – Eleven firefighters have been placed in quarantine.
That disclosure came from Lori Cope, safety-service director, who spoke Tuesday on behalf of Chief Steve Strickling during Mansfield City Council.
“As first responders, they’re doing everything they can to maintain distancing, and yet it’s still happens,” Cope said, referring to infections.
“Please keep them in your prayers and know that we’ll do all we can to be aware of the budget and still serve the citizens in the way that they do,” she added.
Two firefighters were sent home Tuesday night after displaying symptoms of COVID-19, Cope later said Tuesday night in a text message.
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Nine others have been placed in quarantine after they came into contact with two firefighters who tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Those who received a positive test result traveled out Ohio for hunting and remain out-of-state for treatment, Cope wrote.
She and Strickling plan to meet Wednesday to discuss staffing levels at the city’s five stations.
“We will continue to utilize mutual aid as needed,” she wrote. “We are working on a plan currently to address if it were to get worse in the department.”
In June, the Mansfield Fire Department had 90 personnel.