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Five More D.C. Firefighters Test Positive for COVID-19

Numbers rise for firefighters and
police officers

Samantha Mitchell, ABC7, with permission

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — The District has confirmed that five more D.C. Fire Rescue and EMS Service staff members and four more D.C. police officers have tested posted for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening.

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The new numbers bring the total number of firefighters who have tested positive for the coronavirus to 19 and the total number of cases to 13 for the Metropolitan Police Department.

Contact tracing will be focused on positive cases associated with healthcare workers, including first responders, senior care facilities, correctional and detention centers, childcare facilities, and facilities serving homeless people, the District said with their announcement of the new cases.

The announcement of the new numbers comes the same day a TSA officer at Washington Dulles International Airport tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a stay-at-home order for D.C. starting Wednesday, April 1. The order will last until April 24, pending further changes in the development of the coronavirus pandemic.

The mayor says she will release comprehensive COVID-19 data every morning around 10 a.m. starting on Wednesday, April 1.