NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Officials are sounding the alarm as the situation grows more dire by the day in New York City, which at more than 15,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus remains the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea revealed Tuesday that 211 of those sickened are members of the force. Approximately 177 are uniformed officers and 34 are civilian members. Shea also said 2,774 are currently out sick, which accounts for 7.6% of the department’s uniformed workforce.
“It’s a trend as you talk about what we’ve seen and what we’re trying to do with social distancing, and lowering the curve what we’re seeing internally as an agency on the frontlines is we are still on an upward climb,” Shea said.