ROME, N. Y. – The Rome Fire Department recently had a cluster of coronavirus cases, but Mayor Jacqueline Izzo says most affected firefighters are on the mend.
According to Izzo, one firefighter recently felt ill, and then tested positive for COVID-19. The rest of the shift was tested, and 15 returned positive, with 10 asymptomatic, throughout the Central and Laurel Street locations.
Izzo says there were enough firefighters to cover shifts while those infected were quarantined.
“So, we immediately moved to quarantine them, but they were not all together, so these have been spread out. So, at no time did we ever have any issue of the public safety being in jeopardy or anything like that. We had planned for that, to be honest with you," said Izzo.
The department is on its second round of testing, and Izzo says they’re not getting any new positives.