Add covid to the list of challenges facing the search and rescue crews at the Surfside, Florida, building collapse..Six firefighters who were working on the pile have tested positive for the disease.
Miami Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said on Friday that the outbreak was among one of the teams from Florida, CBS-4 Miami reported.
The task force that contained the positive covid has been “demobilised,” according to the chief, and the firefighters were isolated, according to theMiami Herald.
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“We do have our medical procedures in place,” Cominsky said.
“Unfortunately, this is another challenge but something we’ve been dealing with for over the past year.”
More than 350 rescue workers have combed through the shifting rubble of Champlain Towers South for the past week.
The death toll has reached 22, with 126 missing. No one has been found alive since just hours after the June 24 collapse.
The crews have faced physical danger from fires, the instability of the pile and fears about the remaining portion of the building falling, which led to a shutdown of the site for 15 hours on Thursday.
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Officials are also worried about the toll the long, slow effort is taking on the mental health of rescue workers.
Adding to the concerns on Saturday was the approach of Hurricane Elsa, a Category 1 storm that is expected to hit Florida on Tuesday.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission.