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Nearly 20% of NYPD’s uniformed workforce is out sick

NYPD Auxiliary Police Officer Ramon Roman died on Sunday from coronavirus-related complications, according to a daily coronavirus report from the NYPD.Nearly 20% of its uniformed workforce is out sick.The city is a hotspotfor the virus, with more than 68,000 cases and 2,700 fatalities. The city's hospitals have been struggling to maintain the space, personnel and equipment to treat the growing number of patients. On Monday, 6,974 uniformed members of the NYPD were out sick, accounting for 19.3% of the Department's uniformed workforce, according to the report. That number has jumped from 12% on March 28.Currently, 1,935 uniformed members and 293 civilian members tested positive for the coronavirus, the NYPD said. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea previously said that while they were not close to implementing 12-hour shifts, they would do so if necessary. Some recovered officers returned to work Friday, a law enforcement source told CNN, which delays the necessity to implement 12-hour shifts on the department. "Now we're getting the first wave back," said the official. "By next week, we could be getting hundreds back."The NYPD said it is cracking down on social and religious gatherings.Over the weekend, police used sirens and played social distancing messages over their PA system in Borough Park to break Read More – Source