DC emergency services see major jump in COVID-19 cases among employees

D.C. Fire and EMS has seen an increase of COVID-19 cases in its department as the District experiences its own citywide surge.

There were 356 D.C. Fire and EMS employees who are currently out of service because of the coronavirus as of Monday, according to D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Jennifer Donelan.

Of those, 313 have tested positive and 43 are currently under quarantine.

Donelan said this is a culmination of cases over the last few days.

Between Christmas Eve and Monday, they had 187 employees test positive for the coronavirus.

The department employs 2.046 people, according to a 2020 D.C. Council oversight review.

According to Donelan, D.C. Fire and EMS is in the process of adopting new CDC guidelines on shortening isolation requirements to ensure staffing and no service interruption, while also protecting patient safety and member safety.

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Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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