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Six COVID-19 Cases Tied To City Fire Department

The Jamestown Fire Department responding to a call along West Third Street on Friday. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

The city of Jamestown has confirmed that a cluster of cases has been detected within the Jamestown Fire Department.

At this time, six positive cases have been confirmed out of the 55-member Fire Department through the Chautauqua County Department of Health’s rapid testing operation.

In accordance with state and county guidelines, affected members have been contacted by the Chautauqua County Department of Health for isolation and quarantine orders.

“Public safety remains our top priority, and the day-to-day fire department operations are not expected to be impacted. All stations have been proactively sanitized. The city remains committed to transparency in the interest of public health and we will continue to keep the public informed of any updates,” said city Mayor Eddie Sundquist.

“The city and its Fire Department are working collaboratively with us to contain the spread of COVID-19 related to these cases,” said Christine Schuyler, County Public Health Director. “Our investigation into this cluster will continue and anyone who is identified as a close contact to a positive case will be contacted by public health staff.”

The Municipal Building remains open at this time with visitors required to wear masks and social distance while accessing services.The city reminds all residents to remain vigilant ̧ wear a mask, and social distance as COVID cases rise in the county and country.

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