You are reading

Five EMS Members of Astoria Station Test Positive for COVID-19

(Photo by Benjamin Voros on Unsplash)

Oct. 13, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Five EMS members of an Astoria squad recently tested positive for COVID-19.

The five members are part of EMS station 49, located at 25-3 Hoyt Ave., and are out on medical leave as they quarantine and recover, according to an FDNY spokesperson.

The spokesperson said that the department is closely monitoring the situation and that city officials are performing contact tracing and testing to stop further spread of the virus.

The infection rate among FDNY and EMS members remains low when compared to the height of the pandemic.

For several months, less than three percent of FDNY and EMS employees have been out on COVID-19 medical leave citywide.

Meanwhile, at the peak of the coronavirus crisis, approximately 25 percent of the city’s 4,400 EMS members were out on medical leave.

More than 5,000 firefighters and EMTs have had a positive or presumed COVID-19 diagnosis.

All FDNY buildings, vehicles and equipment are cleaned regularly and all members are provided with PPE, hand sanitizer and COVID-19 training.

email the author:
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

FDNY prevents disaster in East Elmhurst by seizing 68 illegally stored propane tanks

For the second time in four months, FDNY fire inspectors averted a potential catastrophe in East Elmhurst after finding stockpiles of illegally stored propane tanks in the residential neighborhood.

Fire inspectors from the Special Investigation Unit received a complaint of illegal occupancy at a home just south of LaGuardia Airport at 23-57 89th St. They discovered 68 propane cylinders, which they seized along with five food trucks and a box truck parked on the property last week. The inspectors also found illegal single-room-occupancy in the home’s cellar.

Crunching the Queens crime numbers: grand larcenies down across borough, rapes halved in the north, robberies decrease in the south

Apr. 17, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

The number of grand larcenies across Queens was down during the 28-day period from March 18 to April 14, compared to the same period of time last year, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Monday. At the same time, rapes and robberies decreased significantly in northern and southern Queens, respectively.