A cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services personnel has grown since it was first reported on December 23.
Acting Fire Chief Nancy Macdonald-Duncan confirmed that 18 firefighters have now tested positive for the coronavirus, and over 60 more are in isolation as a precaution.
When the cases were initially reported last week, 11 service members had tested positive, and 36 others were in self-isolation.
Macdonald-Duncan said there is no risk to public safety, as other staff members have been called in to provide coverage for the city.
“We wish the affected personnel a successful recovery and continue to take steps to ensure the health and safety of our firefighters and the public,” the chief said.
“My thanks to all of our staff for working through the holidays to ensure the safe delivery of Fire Services as we deal with this outbreak.”
Mississauga employs over 630 firefighters at 21 stations across the city.