As coronavirus continues to spread through New York, almost 7 percent of the uniformed officers employed by the New York Police Department called out sick Monday. Roughly 2,400 employees reported themselves as being ill on Monday with approximately 100 officers testing positive for coronavirus.
“The increase in the number of employees on sick report was anticipated and given the nature of the virus, it is expected that this number will grow,” the NYPD said in a Tuesday statement, which also said that the absence of the officers had “minimal impact” on the NYPD’s job effectiveness.
Spokesperson Mary Frances O’Donnell of the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information for the NYPD told Newsweek that the department would be updating the numbers “and will likely do so every day for the foreseeable future.”
Members of the NYPD have started to monitor social distancing in public places to curb the spread of coronavirus, issuing warnings Sunday in areas where crowding was an issue.
The police, the fire department, the ambulance drives, nurses, doctors are just the beginning of the list of first responders. It is time that that idiot that is our so called president wakes up and realizes what he has done to the people of this nation. The Congress also needs to get moving. We need the House emergency bill yesterday.