NYPD officers are falling sick at an alarming rate

New York City is the epicenter of the growing coronavirus pandemic in the United States. And now, there are troubling indications that the city’s essential workers are showing signs of strain.

The more recent is a bombshell report that indicates that over 50 NYPD officers have fallen ill with the virus.

Fox 5 reports:

According to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, over 50 police officers have tested positive for COVID-19, but only one has been hospitalized.

America’s largest police force is dealing with a sudden spike in officers calling out sick, with the 1st Precinct in Manhattan the hardest hit. 31 officers from the precinct have called out, 17 percent of the workforce, forcing the NYPD to call the Movie and Television Unit to fill in.

This is a troubling trend. New York, and the country at large needs its cops and firefighters to stay healthy if we’re going to be able to cope with the crisis in front of us.

Like healthcare workers, cops and firefighters face higher exposures to at-risk populations. Unlike healthcare workers, they often don’t have a controllable environment that allows proper precautions. They’re responding to medical aids and calls for help in people’s homes and crowded spaces.

Fox again:

…the police union says that the NYPD has failed to provide adequate protective equipment for officers or cleaning supplies.

Shea says the department is good for now, but is readying full body protection for officers who may want it in the future.

If this is true, it’s concerning. Mayor De Blasio has a terrible record of taking care of NYC cops and firefighters, and if he’s not providing adequate protective supplies, he’ll be in deep trouble shortly.

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