Four San Jose firefighters tested positive for coronavirus, according to the fire brigade union, and at least 77 fellow firefighters colleagues were quarantined, officials said Thursday.
San Jose Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 230, said in a statement that in addition to the four who tested positive, two other firefighters are in solitary confinement pending test results. City officials on Thursday confirmed a firefighter who was diagnosed with the virus.
City director Dave Sykes spoke during a press conference at Mineta San Jose international airport, saying, “Starting this week, we have a fireman who has tested positive for the coronavirus and may have exposed other firefighters. I can also tell you that we are gathering information about a second employee who may have tested positive for coronavirus. “
The first announced infected fireman is currently in Long Beach, officials said. It was not clear where the other infected firefighters were treated.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo also spoke and warned the TSA for its lack of transparency about the three agents who proved positive earlier this week.
It’s unclear how the fireman contracted coronavirus disease, Sykes said.
Fire chief assistant Reggie Williams said test results for a second firefighter have been received by the department, but have not yet been released.
“Frankly, we need test kits rather than words,” said Liccardo. “Until we have the tests, we will fly blind. We need the test ability.”
Firefighters said that his response and commitment to public safety should not be compromised.
“Our department is large with over 700 active firefighters. We have been able to refill to maintain operational readiness,” said SJFD on social media. “We remain committed to our mission of protecting the community through prevention and education.”
Bay City News contributed to this report.