NYPD Commissioner: 1200 Cops Positive, 15% Out Sick

The New York Post reports:

Roughly 15 percent of the NYPD — or 5,600 officers — are out sick amid the coronavirus pandemic, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday. Nearly 1,200 officers have now tested positive for the potentially deadly bug, Shea said during a Q&A session streamed live from police headquarters via Twitter.

The top cop noted that social distancing efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus have helped the NYPD, as more and more members call out sick. “Some things that are helping us is nobody’s on the street,” Shea said, noting that there are no parades, protests happening amid the epidemic.

During the Q&A session, Shea said that a special coronavirus testing site was open for first responders, but a high-ranking police source told The Post that negotiations are ongoing with a city hospital about opening a special test site.