Thousands of NYPD officers out sick amid coronavirus crisis


A NYPD patrol car AP photo

NEW YORK – Thousands of NYPD officers have reported sick as the police are affected by an increasing number of coronavirus infections.

About 3,200 police officers are sick on Wednesday, police commissioner Dermot Shea said – triple the normal rate. That is almost 9 percent of the armed forces.

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“Backup plans are already underway,” Shea said in an appearance on MSNBC. “We are making adjustments. We’ll fill patrols again if we have to. “

On Tuesday evening, 177 uniformed officers and a further 34 civilian NYPD employees tested positive for the corona virus. Shea said the number continued to increase, but the department did not immediately have an updated number.

Not all sick officers have been tested for the corona virus.

“Has every member of the New York City Police Department been tested? I think that would be unrealistic, ”said Shea, encouraging sick officials to stay home.

Police have reinforced patrols Enforcement of business closures and rules prohibiting the gathering of people under a nationwide shutdown order.

The vast majority of companies reviewed have followed the order to close, Shea said. And serious crimes fell 17 percent this week compared to the same period last year.

“We do thousands and thousands of inspections every day,” he said. “The majority of New Yorkers recognize that we are in unprecedented times. They react accordingly.”

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