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NYPD: 18% of uniformed workforce on sick report; 7 total deaths in department

NYPD patrol car (Pete Stewart/WikiCommons)

The NYPD said on Thursday that an additional combined 155 uniformed and civilian members of the department have tested positive for coronavirus within the last 24 hours — bringing the NYPD’s total number of confirmed cases to 1,523.

Overall, there are 1,354 uniformed members and 169 civilian members who have tested positive for the virus, according to the NYPD.

On Thursday, 6,498 uniformed members of the NYPD were on sick report, which accounts for 18% of the department’s uniformed workforce, an increase of 1% since a day ago.

The NYPD also announced the death of School Safety Agent Roniece Watson, who died on Monday, March 30, due to complications from the coronavirus. Watson became a member of the NYPD on Sept. 8, 2003, and she is the seventh member of the department to die as a result of the virus.

Senior Police Administrative Aide Gwendolyn King, who was assigned to Police Service Area #3 in Brooklyn, died on Monday, the Advance/SiLive.com previously reported. King became a member of the NYPD on July 25, 1994.

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On Monday, the NYPD announced the death of School Safety Agent Sabrina Jefferson, who died on Sunday from complications from the coronavirus. She was assigned to Patrol Borough Queens South School Safety and became a member of the NYPD on Feb. 9, 1994.

Detective Cedric Dixon and NYPD employees Dennis Dickson and Giacomina Barr-Brown also died as a result of the virus, the Advance/SiLive.com reported, and were the first reported deaths in the department as a result of the virus.

CITYWIDE PATROL

The NYPD continued to conduct its citywide patrol and visited restaurants, bars, supermarkets, salons and public spaces between 8 a.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. on Thursday.

NYPD officers visited 2,713 supermarkets and 1,210 were closed in the aforementioned span, the department said.

During the patrol, 6,260 bars and restaurants were visited and 4,483 were closed, according to the NYPD.

Additionally, 1,368 public places were inspected by NYPD officers and 793 were closed, and 3,408 personal care facilities were visited and all of them were closed, the NYPD said.

No arrests or summonses were issued as a result of the patrol.

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