Confirmed coronavirus cases top 300,000 in U.S. as Fauci stresses social distancing is our most important tool
New York police officers do not get sick that often, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said earlier this week. But with the novel coronavirus pandemic striking the city harder than any other metro area in the country, he added, “our sick numbers are significantly moving up.”
Those numbers continued their sobering rise Saturday, when the department said 6,698 of the force’s 36,000 officers — or 18.5 percent — were out sick or in quarantine Friday. A day earlier, there were 6,498 unavailable, or 18.1 percent.
Most cited flu-like symptoms. Almost 1,800 have tested positive for coronavirus since the outbreak began.
The New York City Fire Department said that, as of Friday, about 3,000 of its 17,000 employees, including firefighters, EMTs and civilians, have had to take sick leave during the outbreak; 376 have tested positive for the coronavirus.
“That’s a problem. That’s a problem in the NYPD. That’s a problem in the FDNY. It’s a problem all across the board,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Friday.
[Source: Washington Post]