Story at a glance

  • More than 1,400 officers tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday.
  • The city has reportedly been experiencing record high emergency calls.
  • New York City is the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S.

More than 1,400 New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers have been infected with the coronavirus as the city deals with record high emergency calls amid a lockdown of the city. 

The department's commissioner, Dermont Shea, confirmed during an interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto more than 1,400 officers have tested positive for the virus, while about 17 percent of the officers are out sick.

"The message is to all New Yorkers, 'We're all in this together'" Shea said.

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In the past week, five members of the department have died of COVID-19-related causes: a detective in Harlem, a Queens school safety agent, two administrative aides and a custodian. 

The department said Tuesday it will be getting an influx of personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves and sanitizer to help keep its workforce safer during the outbreak. 

CNBC reports more than 280 members of the Fire Department of New York, including firefighters, EMTs and civilians have been infected. The Fire Department also said the 911 call volume is hitting record highs daily. 


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There were more than 6,500 medical calls to 911 placed on Monday, and the FDNY has had to hold hundreds of calls, meaning lower priority sick calls had to wait for ambulances, according to CNBC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he would send New York state police if necessary to make up for the NYPD officers out sick, while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said some healthy officers would pick up overtime as infected officers recover. 

Cuomo Wednesday announced the state's death toll was more than 1,900, and the number of confirmed cases of the virus in the tri-state area has yet to reach its peak. 


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Published on Apr 01, 2020