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The Toronto Fire Academy is the city’s latest COVID-19 hotspot, the Toronto Sun has learned.
City spokesman Brad Ross confirmed on Monday that five of the 44 recruits in the final Fire Academy class tested positive for COVID. The positive results came last week.
He said the course had been rescheduled to Jan. 18 to allow for a 14-day isolation period and that the Toronto Fire Department had assigned an e-learning in the meantime.
All of the recruits took COVID testing and contact tracing was also done, Ross said.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Avenue facility has been “thoroughly cleaned,” Ross said, and the Labor Department is sending an inspector to the site on Wednesday.
All members of the Toronto Fire Department – including recruits – will continue to go through COVID-19 testing procedures when they enter the Fire Academy and TFS will continue to implement protocols for COVID-19. health and safety, he added.
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Ross said TFS has not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 transmitted from a patient to a firefighter during an emergency call since the start of the pandemic.
It appears that TFS chief Matthew Pegg, who is also the office’s chief emergency management officer, never mentioned the outbreak in his own store during the city’s twice-weekly COVID briefings.