New York Police Department Struggles to Grapple With COVID-19

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

On April 19, 2020, New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the passing of the department's 29th COVID-19 related death, "I'm saddened to announce the passing of another beloved member of our NYPD family, Traffic Enforcement Agent Jason Lewis, who died yesterday of complications from #COVID19," NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted on Sunday. The prayers & sympathy of the entire NYPD are with Jason's loved ones & friends during this painful time. "

Nearly 4,000 NYPD officers and staff have tested positive for the virus thus far, while 5,324 uniformed members of the NYPD, or about 15% of the uniformed force, have called in sick. In a dark way, this is an improvement to the situation.Less than two weeks ago, nearly 20% of the total force was out sick.

According to the city's website, New York City currently has 129,800 cases and 8,811 confirmed deaths as a result of COVID-19.

Shea announced on April 16 that all NYPD members would wear black mourning bands across their shields in memory of the fallen, and that all NYPD, New York City, and US Flags would be flying at half-mast at all police facilities and installations.

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