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A staggering 1,400 NYPD officers have tested positive for coronavirus — and the 911 calls keep coming


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More than 1,400 New York Police Department officers have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

What are the details?

On Wednesday, CNN reported that a law enforcement source said that at least 6,172 uniformed officers are out sick. That number, sources say, represents at least 17% of the police department. In total, the NYPD has more than 36,000 members in its vast force.

It's a big jump from even Tuesday: Fox News reported that 1,048 officers tested positive for COVID-19, and that at least 5,600 officers were out sick that same day.

On Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said, "I am worried about essential workers getting scared and not wanting to show up. That I am worried about. You know the number of police officers who are getting sick is going up."

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told CNN that coronavirus in hard-hit New York City has been "difficult."

"The message is to all New Yorkers that we're all in this together," he added, and insisted that the department is in a "constant state of planning" with regard to the COVID-19 response throughout the city.

"We are scrambling, but that shouldn't have a negative connotation," he warned. "We are able to handle many, many different tasks here. We're still fighting crime."

He continued, "Right now, we're in good shape in New York City. But the bottom line is anyone that can help will be asked upon to help to keep people safe."

Just two weeks ago, there were only 24 NYPD officers out sick. At the time, sources said that the city's 1st Precinct was like a "ghost town."

According to Fox News, in the past week, the NYPD has lost five members to coronavirus-related complications.

At the time of this writing, there have been at least 75,795 cases of COVID-19 in New York, which is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. At least 1,550 people across the state have died because of the virus.

What else?

On Wednesday, CNBC reported that 911 calls have hit a record high.

The outlet noted that there were at least 6,527 emergency medical calls placed to 911 on Monday alone.

On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "We'll keep bringing in reserves. We'll go to longer shifts if we have to. We'll do more overtime, whatever it takes. We have 36,000 officers, the finest police force in the country. We are going to keep the city safe. We'll make it work."

On Tuesday, Cuomo said he planned to send members of the New York State Police to help back up the NYPD if necessary.

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