Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said Friday that at least 6 Florida firefighters outside of Miami-Dade have tested positive for COVID-19, CBS Miami reports.
The case task force has been demobilized and firefighters have been isolated, the chief said, according to the Miami Herald.
Rescue efforts at the site continued for a tenth day on Saturday. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said on Friday that two more bodies were found in the rubble, bringing the death toll to 22. There are still 126 people missing.
Florida officials have said they are now planning to demolish the remaining structure of the Champlain Towers South condominium, following the partial collapse. Levine Cava said he signed an emergency ordinance that will allow the building to be demolished once engineers and other officials approve. She said the remaining structure “poses a threat to public health and safety”, and that crews will act quickly to demolish it once it is deemed safe to do so.
She warned it would take time. “The demolition of the building will take place on the basis of the recommendations of the engineers…”, she declared. “It’s going to take, most likely weeks. It is not possible, either from a technical point of view or otherwise, to move faster than that. ”
Contribution : Tori B. Powell