May 21, 2020 - Health

Over 5,500 NYPD officers return to work after testing positive for coronavirus

In this image, a line of NYPD police officers stand outside in a park
NYPD officers, May 17. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images

5,521 New York Police Department officers returned for duty as of Wednesday after previously testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the NYPD tweeted.

Why it matters: The CDC considers immediate health risks from the coronavirus for law enforcement to be low when they are performing routine duties. But the pandemic has resulted in a "worst-case scenario" for the NYPD, as one out of every six officers were out sick in April, per the New York Times.

  • 100 uniformed NYPD members and 28 civilian members are still out sick after testing positive for the virus, the NYPD said.
  • 10.5% of the NYPD has received positive tests for the coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing on Wednesday. 17.1% of New York's fire department and EMTs have also tested positive.

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