Second Tuscaloosa firefighter tests positive for coronavirus, 26 firefighters on paid leave

Tuscaloosa firefighters sent home due to COVID-19

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - A second Tuscaloosa firefighter has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue confirmed one firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19 last week. A positive test for a second firefighter was confirmed Tuesday morning. Both firefighters are at home resting and on paid administrative leave.

One other firefighter who was identified as a Person Under Investigation (PUI) has received a negative test result.

Holly Whigham, the public information officer for Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue, confirms they were notified on March 31 of the first firefighter’s confirmed case.

Twenty-six firefighters are currently on paid administrative leave due to the positive case. No word on whether those firefighters are being tested.

Whigham would not say which fire station in Tuscaloosa was affected.

“[We have] 247 firefighters within our department. Even though we had some of those placed on paid administrative leave, there’s a plan in place to help provide adequate coverage. As always, we want to protect our community and we’re able to do that even with these firefighters that are on paid leave,” says Holly Whigham.

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