The number of New York City cops who are calling in sick dropped Friday to pre-pandemic levels.
On Friday, 1,157 uniformed members of the NYPD called out sick. That’s about 3.2% of the department’s workforce — a new low comparable to levels before the coronavirus began ravaging the Big Apple.
Police, like other civil servants, were hit hard by the virus, with as many as 19.8% of officers — a total of 7,155 cops — out sick in April at the peak of the health crisis, according to the NYPD.
So far 5,552 NYPD members have tested positive for the virus, with 5,302 if them having recovered and returned to work, the department said in its daily coronavirus briefing.
A total of 42 members of the service have died due to the virus.
Cops policing social distancing guidelines visited more than 14,000 bars and restaurants, supermarkets, public spaces and personal care facilities over the course of 24 hours beginning Thursday at 8 a.m.
Police issued two social distancing summonses and one arrest for obstructing governmental administration during that time
Mayor de Blasio announced Friday that the police will no longer make arrests or hand out tickets if people flout guidelines to wear masks in public. The decision came as the NYPD faces criticism though accusations of racial bias in its coronavirus-related policing.
“Absent a serious danger to the public, NYPD will not take enforcement actions for failing to wear face coverings,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his daily press conference.
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