Almost 8 percent of the NYPD’s employees was out sick on Tuesday – with a large number of them undergoing flu-like symptoms, as stated by sources.
Out of the 2,712 members, or 7.8 percent, of the department out of work, 342 of them were established COVID-19 positive, sources said.
The increase comes as the Omicron variant has triggered a surge of cases in New York City.
Public Service Area 9 in Queens was the most severely hit on Tuesday – with 67 out of 192 staffs out sick, sources said. Twenty-eight of them tested positive for corona virus.
The department until now in December has witness 473 total corona virus cases — the highest since March when 695 infections were reported.
In spite of that, the current number sick within the NYPD pales in contrast to the early days of the epidemic when approximately 20 percent of the department’s members were out of work in April 2020.
Same month, the NYPD announced its highest number of COVID-19 cases – 2,846.
Eighty-eight percent of all NYPD workers are completely vaccinated.
The department on Sunday night deployed a stricter masking policy that now requires all cops, irrespective of their vaccination standing, to put on face coverings while on duty.
The NYPD did not at once respond to a appeal for statement on the rising number of sick members.