Medina reports 6th firefighter test positive for Covid

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 December 2020 at 6:53 pm

MEDINA – The Fire Department had a sixth career firefighter test positive for Covid-19 last weekend. The department on Dec. 4 first reported that five firefighters were out with Covid.

Of the six who have tested positive, five have shown symptoms, but are recovering and no one needed hospitalization, the Fire Department posted on its Facebook page.

“The first five are set to be coming off their isolation period soon and will be coming back to work as per Health Department regulations,” the Fore Department stated. “The sixth firefighter will be off a little more time due to testing positive later than the others.”

The department has 22 full-time staff that responds to nearly 3,000 calls a year.

“We need everyone to realize this isn’t over for us or anyone else,” the Fire Department stated on Facebook. “Maintain social distancing, wear masks and wash your hands frequently to help prevent contracting this. Even if you do all of that, you can be exposed.”

The department thanked the community for its support while the six staff are out due to Covid.

“The emergency calls didn’t stop,” the department stated. “We handled a multitude of calls during this time, some extremely critical and complex. We couldn’t have done this without the remaining members stepping up and pitching in to fill the absences. Once again, teamwork and cooperation made our department shine.”