Several Anaheim firefighters battling COVID-19, including 2 in ICU

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- Seven members of the fire department in Anaheim have tested positive for COVID-19 and one of them is currently on a ventilator in the ICU.

In a tweet, the Anaheim Fire & Rescue department said five of the stricken firefighters were in quarantine with moderate symptoms, while two others are "battling bravely in the ICU." The tweet was accompanied by an image of a firefighter holding hands with Mickey Mouse.

"Like many others around the world, our family has been hit by COVID-19... Please send your thoughts and prayers with them and their families," the tweet read.

While the department has not released the names of all of the firefighters, a spokesperson with the Orange County Fire Authority said Capt. Dave Baker was in the ICU and on a ventilator.

On Monday, Capt. Joseph Aldecoa shared his battle with COVID-19 with ABC7, saying he had a fever of more than 105 degrees and body aches.

"It was body aches like I've never experienced in my life," Aldecoa said.

A spokesperson said contact tracing shows the outbreak likely began with a service call in late May.

Three of the infected firefighters have been cleared to return to work and two are at home with mild symptoms.

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