Multiple COVID-19 cases reported at Chicago fire academy

Training at the Quinn Fire Academy has been temporarily suspended


Jessica Villagomez
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — The Chicago Fire Department has temporarily suspended training at the Quinn Fire Academy after multiple cases of coronavirus were reported, according to the department. It did not specify the number of people who tested positive.

“The health and safety of Chicago’s firefighters, paramedics and recruits are our utmost priority,” Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said in a statement. The department plans to clean and disinfect the facility, including all work areas and equipment used.

Training at Chicago's Quinn Fire Academy has been temporarily suspended due to an outbreak of COVID-19. (Photo/Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune)
Training at Chicago's Quinn Fire Academy has been temporarily suspended due to an outbreak of COVID-19. (Photo/Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune)

The current class of recruits will continue to train via remote learning, Langford added. Those who tested positive for COVID-19 will remain in isolation and close contacts of those affected will quarantine.

No individuals who have tested positive have required hospitalization, according to the Fire Department.

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