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UPDATE: Six Atlantic City firefighters test positive for COVID-19
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UPDATE: Six Atlantic City firefighters test positive for COVID-19

The Atlantic City Fire Department

ATLANTIC CITY — Six members of the Fire Department have tested positive for the new coronavirus, city officials confirmed Thursday.

Three members had been confirmed positive Wednesday. More than two dozen members who came in direct contact with the unidentified captain and two firefighters were tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday evening.

On Thursday, three more members who were tested came back positive for COVID-19.

Mayor Marty Small Sr. said the city was monitoring the situation.

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“We’ve been prepared the entire time for COVID-19,” Small said Thursday morning. “We’ve been proactive and the residents of Atlantic City have not lost any service.”

Fire Chief Scott Evans and the state Department of Community of Affairs — the agency with direct oversight of Atlantic City — did not respond to a request for comment.

Two of the ACFD members were asymptomatic when they tested positive. In the other case, the member was experiencing symptoms and sought medical attention.

At least one of the the ACFD members who tested positive had been participating in an instructor training course at the fire academy in Egg Harbor Township in preparation for an incoming drill class.

Station No. 2 firehouse was shut down Thursday.

Two Atlantic City fire companies — No. 1 and No. 2 — briefly shut down Wednesday morning as a result of the positives and concerns over spreading the virus. Both companies were reopened by the afternoon.

This story was updated at 3:04 p.m. to reflect three new positive cases of COVID-19 among members of the Atlantic City Fire Department.

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I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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