A New York City Fire Department emergency medical technician who tested positive for coronavirus contracted the virus from his girlfriend, who is a flight attendant and had traveled to an area with an outbreak, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
As a result of the EMT’s positive test, five of his colleagues are in self-quarantine. None of them are showing symptoms, de Blasio said.
The medic treated 11 patients in the pertinent time period, de Blasio said.
“The Department of Health and the FDNY will be reaching these patients today to follow up and do the normal diagnostic work. But the good news is that they are identified and the other good news is that the EMT wore protective gear. We are still going to treat each case obviously very seriously," he added.