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HOUSTON – With more than 300 Houston firefighters quarantined because of the coronavirus, staffing is strained and officials are asking the public to avoid using fireworks.

“We will respond when called, but I also encourage citizens to help us by following health and safety protocols during the current public health crisis,” Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena said in a statement. “Please wear a mask, physical distance and wash your hands. Do not use fireworks during the July 4th holiday weekend because they can cause fires and create an additional strain on our resources.”

There are 34,108 confirmed cases and 387 deaths from the coronavirus in Harris County, according to The New York Times