BALTIMORE (AP) – A Baltimore fire station has temporarily suspended operations after firefighters came into contact with an emergency medical services provider who tested positive for COVID-19.

City officials announced the closure Friday night of the fire station on McMechen St. north of downtown as a precaution. A statement from the mayor’s office said that firefighters who may have been exposed are self-quarantining.

Elsewhere, Montgomery County officials announced that four personnel with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service have tested postive for COVID-19, though none were believed to have been exposed through work contacts. They are among 19 members of the fire department who have self-quarantined. The department said it has plans in place to maintain adequate staffing levels.

Maryland state health officials said the state had just under 1,000 confirmed cases as of Saturday, and five deaths.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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