3 DC first responders test positive for COVID-19

3 DC first responders test positive for COVID-19
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Three Washington, D.C., first responders tested positive for COVID-19, Fire and EMS Chief Gregory M. Dean announced Thursday. 

On Wednesday, Dean said 50 firefighters would self-quarantine after one firefighter tested positive for the coronavirus. At a Thursday press conference Dean said that number increased by two. 

"D.C. Health is in the process of contacting these members regarding next steps for self-quarantine," Dean said in a statement Wednesday. "If D.C. Health or a doctor recommends it, they will be tested for COVID-19."

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More than 100 people who have been exposed to the infected individuals have been contacted, but one of the three cases happened hours before the announcement, Dean said, so more contacts are expected. 

The D.C. police chief Peter Newsham said that no police officers have tested positive for the virus but the department will begin doing medical screenings on people who are arrested and brought to stations. As of Thursday, 65 D.C. inmates have been quarantined because they came into contact with a deputy marshal at Superior Court who tested positive for the disease.

The District's Director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Chris Rodriguez, said the city is expecting approval to receive federal aid from the National Guard this evening. 

As of Wednesday night, D.C. has 39 confirmed case of the virus.