Newport Beach sees multiple COVID-19 cases among firefighters, lifeguards

Ten firefighters and 11 lifeguards have recently tested positive for COVID-19 in Newport Beach, officials confirmed Sunday.  

The numbers are a cumulative total throughout the past month and most have already returned to work, Fire Chief Jeff Boyles told City News Service.  

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The infections apparently happened through community spread and not while the firefighters and lifeguards were on duty.  

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Boyles told the Los Angeles Times that all fire stations and trucks remain staffed, but the department is not sending crews to help fight brushfires in other counties.