Mayor Joe Ganim wants advanced COVID-19 testing for public safety officers so police and fire personnel who test negative may return to work quickly.
Ganim has made the request to the Connecticut Department of Public Health to access serological tests for first responders across the state. The tests rely on detecting antibodies in a blood sample that will confirm or deny the presence of Coronavirus, and produce results in as little as 10 minutes, eliminating the need to quarantine officers and firefighters for 14 days.
During Ganim’s Virtual Town Halls on Monday and Tuesday, he shared the number of public safety officers currently in quarantine–11 personnel off duty from the Police Department and 22 from the Fire Department–due to potential work-related and family exposure.
“We cannot put our city in a potential position where emergency response is strained due to lack of personnel,” said Ganim. “It is critical that we secure testing for Bridgeport’s bravest and finest to ensure our public safety departments can efficiently and effectively respond.”
Ganim recently tested negative for the virus.