A union that represents Durham firefighters said that three dozen city firefighters are currently quarantined because of COVID-19.
The quarantine is affecting five different fire stations over three shifts, according to Local 668 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
City of Durham officials said that they do not release information about COVID-19 cases by department.
Chris Iannuzzi, a Durham spokesman, said that reports of 16 firefighters from a shift at one station out on quarantine are incorrect.
The union said that 35 firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Iannuzzi said that fire calls have not been impacted by any staffing changes because of COVID-19.
“Response time has not been affected by the number of members who have tested positive or been quarantined,” Iannuzzi wrote in a statement to CBS 17.