Over 500 members of the NYPD have tested positive for coronavirus

EXCLUSIVE: Over 500 members of the NYPD have tested positive for coronavirus – but 3,000 more cops are reporting flu-like symptoms

  • New stats from the NYPD obtained by DailyMail.com indicate that the virus may be affecting thousands of cops in New York City 
  • Over 4,000 cops called in sick on Friday
  • The numbers represent a dramatic spike over Thursday, when 3,674 uniformed employees were out sick
  • Cases among the NYPD has quadrupled since Monday, when 100 uniformed officers and 29 civilians tested positive, and 2,407 called in sick
  • ‘This is an ominous sign, for sure,’ a police source told DailyMail.com
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

By Shawn Cohen For Dailymail.com

Published: | Updated:

More than 500 members of the NYPD have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Friday. 

But more than 3,000 cops are reportedly suffering ‘flu like symptoms’ – an indication that the number of cops who actually have the virus may be exponentially higher, according to new figures obtained by DailyMail.com.

An NYPD report shows that 512 members of the department have tested positive, including 442 uniformed officers and 70 civilian members.  

 Meanwhile, 4,111 police officers called in sick Friday, accounting for over 11 percent of the nearly 36,000 cops. 

Of that number, 3,016 reported they were experiencing flu symptoms. People with the flu can experience congestion, fever, cough, a runny nose, headaches and fatigue – some of the same symptoms associated with COVID-19.

More than 500 members of the NYPD have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Friday. But more than 3,000 cops are reportedly suffering ‘flu like symptoms’ – an indication that the number of cops who actually have the virus may be exponentially higher, according to new figures obtained by DailyMail.com

More than 500 members of the NYPD have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Friday. But more than 3,000 cops are reportedly suffering ‘flu like symptoms’ – an indication that the number of cops who actually have the virus may be exponentially higher, according to new figures obtained by DailyMail.com

‘This is an ominous sign, for sure,’ a police source told DailyMail.com.  ‘Many of them probably do have the virus. It’s hard to verify, though. The department wants cops with any of these symptoms to stay home and self quarantine so they don’t infect others.’

‘The fear factor is also part of this. If they have any symptoms, they go out.’ 

On Thursday, the department announce that Dennis Dickson, a custodian assigned to police headquarters, died at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn

The numbers represent a dramatic spike over Thursday, when 3,674 uniformed employees were out sick and 351 members had tested positive, including 294 uniformed officers and 57 civilians.

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 department experienced its first death earlier this week. On Thursday, the department announce that Dennis Dickson, a custodian assigned to police headquarters, died at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

‘Mr. Dickson was a revered member of the custodial staff at Police Headquarters, once spending 17 days at the headquarters building during Super Storm Sandy assisting with emergency cleanup operations,’ the department stated in a news release. 

‘Mr. Dickson was again on the front line cleaning and disinfecting 1 Police Plaza so that our personnel could be here safely, allowing them to continue to serve the people of the City Of New York.’

Advertisement

Read More