Coronavirus sidelines nearly 20% of NYPD force; auxiliary cop dies of illness


More members of the NYPD have become ill from the coronavirus, and nearly 20% of the entire force has called out sick due to the illness, according to figures released Monday night.

As of Monday, 6,974 uniformed members of the NYPD were on sick leave. Currently, 1,935 uniformed members and 293 civilian members tested positive for the coronavirus. Three members of the NYPD executive staff also were sick with COVID-19.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said over the weekend that a silver lining of the crisis is that crime is down state-wide, taking some of the pressure off of law enforcement. However, there was one homicide in the 79th Precinct early Monday morning in a home invasion robbery of an alleged drug den in which a 48-year-old man was shot dead.

Yet another member of the service was reported to have died on Sunday. Officials announced that Auxiliary Police Officer Ramon Roman, who was assigned to the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, died on Sunday from coronavirus-related complications. Roman became a member of the NYPD on March 29, 2010. 

 Auxiliary Police Lieutenant Pierre Moise, assigned to the 71st Precinct in Brooklyn, died on March 28, from complications due to coronavirus. Moise became an NYPD Auxiliary Police Officer on Aug. 21, 1994. He was the second auxiliary officer to die of the contagion.

In addition, School Safety Agent Linosee Mosley, assigned to the 111th Precinct School Safety Unit in Queens, died on April 3, from coronavirus complications. School Safety Agent Luis Albino passed away from complications due to #COVID19 on Saturday.

The NYPD reported their visits as follows: NYPD officers visited 2419 supermarkets of which 1255 were closed; 6959 bars and restaurants of which 5596 were closed.; 1238 public places of which 782 were closed; 3288 personal care facilities of which 3288 were closed. There were no arrests or summonses issued in regard to these visits.

The NYPD continues to issue social distancing guidelines with most officers observing the order, though during some criminal incidents, officers have been observed not maintaining COVID-19 cautions.

Police are also asking residents to avoid calling 911 for non-emergencies to reduce the pressure on first responders who have significantly more calls than usual because of COVID-19.