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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After 38 members of the city Fire Department (FDNY) were put under quarantine for the coronavirus (COVID-19), the FDNY will change up shifts to control the spread of the virus, according to published reports.
The New York Post reported that the quarantine will cause the department to switch EMS workers from 8-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts. In addition, the FDNY will also eliminate partner rotation, the report said.
“That’s a number that is very fluid. It has gone up, and it has gone down,” Jim Long, an FDNY spokesperson, told The Post.
The report says he couldn’t say how many of the 38 cases are EMS workers and how many are firefighters.
The Advance previously reported that an EMS worker from Staten Island tested positive.
There are five confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Staten Island. The latest confirmed case in the borough is a female student at the College of Staten Island (CSI).
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that State University of New York and the City University of New York classes will be moving online March 19, and will remain that way for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.
CUNY schools have been on a five-day recess since Thursday.
Cuomo said Friday that any decision to close down schools is up to the locality.
Based on the current 421 positive coronavirus cases across the state, Cuomo said he is not ready to issue a statewide school closure directive.
Despite widespread calls to shut down the city’s public schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that he plans to keep schools open.
As of Friday, 154 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in New York City -- the same number as of Thursday. But the mayor said that the borough breakdown was not up to date.
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