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Coronavirus Outbreak Sickens 14 Firefighters At LAX Fire Station

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Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas speaks at a press conference. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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Fourteen firefighters with the Los Angeles Fire Department have tested positive for COVID-19.

The outbreak happened at Fire Station 80, which serves Los Angeles International Airport and is part of the department's West Bureau. All 14 are currently quarantining at home and are either asymptomatic or displaying mild symptoms, according to LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.

"The fire station has been industrially disinfected and all the shifts are being covered by other firefighters."

Officials say the firefighters tested positive for the virus either Monday or Tuesday, and no service has been disrupted.

Across L.A. County, the coronavirus positivity rate continues to rise, now averaging 11.6% over the past seven days. That's up from 10% just two days ago and 8.4% about a week ago.

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