Thousands of NYPD officers out sick amid coronavirus crisis

Source: Politico | March 25, 2020 | Erin Durkin

NEW YORK — Thousands of NYPD officers have called in sick as the police department is hit with a growing number of coronavirus infections.

About 3,200 cops are out sick Wednesday, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said — triple the normal rate. That adds up to almost 9 percent of the force.

“Backup plans are already underway,” Shea said in an appearance on MSNBC. “We are making adjustments. We are back filling patrols when we need to.”

As of Tuesday night, 177 uniformed officers and another 34 civilian NYPD employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Shea said that number has spiked further, but the department did not immediately have an updated figure.

Not all sick officers have been tested for the coronavirus.

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