9 Indianapolis firefighters test positive for COVID-19

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In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to a boat fire off the coast of southern California, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. The U.S. Coast Guard said it has launched several boats to help over two dozen people “in distress” off the coast of southern California. (Ventura County Fire Department via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) — The Indianapolis Fire Department says nine of its firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19.

IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith told FOX59 those firefighters are in quarantine at their respective homes and will not return to work until they have been medically cleared by a doctor.

Reith went on to say that firefighters who may have had close contact with those who tested positive are utilizing the Eli Lilly testing program.

Once test results are in, IFD will take appropriate measures in consultation with public health officials, according to Reith.

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(This story was originally published on March 31, 2020)

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