Eleven employees with Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services have tested positive for COVID-19

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Multiple employees with Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a recent news release, 11 staff members with MFES have tested positive for the virus, while another 36 are self-isolating due to possible exposure, which is affecting four fire stations across the city.

"My thoughts go first to the health of the affected fire personnel and to their successful recovery. I want to thank all our MFES firefighters and staff for the commitment, dedication and sacrifices they have shown and continue to demonstrate during this unprecedented pandemic," Nancy Macdonald-Duncan, Acting Fire Chief for the City of Mississauga, said in the release.

"Public safety is our top priority. With a team of more than 630 firefighters at 21 stations, we are able to adjust our crews and ensure public safety is never compromised. We remain ready to respond and provide fire safety across Mississauga," she continued.

As a result, the City is working with Peel Public Health to notify impacted personnel and ensure isolation and testing protocols are being followed.

"As we enter the holidays, and then the Province-wide shutdown, it's more important than ever to follow the advice of public health to ensure everyone's safety and to protect our first responders," Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in the release.

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