A few dozen NYPD officers have tested positive for the Chinese Virus, reaching around 35 infected as of Thursday.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea spoke with officers and journalists, claiming the relatively low number is a good sign, especially since none were incapacitated.
“The very positive news is that even though we have 35 officers tested positive for this illness, zero out of those 35 are currently hospitalized,” Shea said Friday. “There are concerns throughout the department but there’s a glimmer of hope here, as well.”
The only hospitalized officer tested negative for the virus, and was diagnosed with pneumonia.
According to FOX 5, Shea doesn’t have a positive outlook, particularly as more officers call in sick.
“How bad is it going to get? It’s going to get worse,” Shea said. “I think that’s pretty apparent to everyone as more tests are made available.”
The NYPD is looking into issuing full-body TYVEK suits for officers.
“That’s not something that we use that many of, but we’re making sure that if we need them, we have a supply of them,” Shea explained. “If we have to transport somebody, for example, that has [a] confirmed cold and it’s going to be for an extended period of time, the officers may not want to even go to that direction but if they do, I think it’s important that we have that available to put them at ease.”
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