Over 500 members of the NYPD have tested positive for coronavirus , but 3,000 more cops are reporting flu-like symptoms, in the New York City.
The number of coronavirus cases among the NYPD has quadrupled since Monday, when 100 uniformed officers and 29 civilians tested positive, and 2,407 called in sick. The NYPD, the country’s largest police department, said it was dealing with a surge in employees calling out sick this week, reaching 11.4 percent of the workforce. On Thursday, the department announce that Dennis Dickson, a custodian assigned to police headquarters, died at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.
The second who died of New York City Police Department was Giacomina Barr-Brown, a civilian employee with seven years on the job. She worked for the 49th Precinct Roll Call Office, where she helped handle patrol and administrative assignments. The 48-year-old crime fighter, identified as Cedric Dixon, was the third person who died but the first officer to succumb to the disease. “We have lost three members of our family in a little over 48 hours,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a press conference Saturday. New York state has confirmed more than 44,000 cases of coronavirus as of Friday, with more than 25,000 of them in New York City.