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They’re back on the front lines.
More than 1,300 EMTs, paramedics and firefighters who were either diagnosed with COVID-19 or self-quarantined with symptoms of the disease have returned to full duty to battle the coronavirus outbreak ravaging the city, the FDNY said Tuesday.
“I am incredibly proud of the men and women of this department who are demonstrating every single day throughout this pandemic why they are known as the best and the bravest,” FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said as he announced that the sickened members have recovered and will again be responding to emergencies. “FDNY members are responding to a record number of medical calls, and they continue to meet this unprecedented challenge head on.”
As of Tuesday, 547 firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and civilian employees have tested positive for coronavirus. About 3,000 have been put on medical leave after being diagnosed or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
Two FDNY members have died from the virus, a deputy chief inspector and a mechanic, officials said.
On Monday the FDNY responded to 5,639 medical calls, most of which were linked to the virus. It was also the day a record 731 New Yorkers died across the state, although the number of patients being admitted to area hospitals has eased, Gov. Cuomo said.
On Tuesday, Cuomo said there were 8,157 new positive cases in the state, the lowest figure in a week.