700 New Jersey police officers have tested positive for coronavirus

700 New Jersey police officers have tested positive for coronavirus

Officials said on Saturday about 700 New Jersey police officers had tested positive for coronavirus.

“More than 700 police officers are quarantined at home, and the number of test-positive people in all 21 counties is similar,” Colonel Patrick Callahan, director of the state police department, said in Trenton. Press conference.

He did not provide a more detailed number or the name of the affected department, and the state police did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

However, this number is much higher than previously known. Newark, Jersey City, New Jersey Transit, Port Authority, Vanwood, Hazlet and State Police have all reported cases.

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Callaghan said the two officers in “serious conditions” are now stable. No one died.

Governor Phil Murphy has previously said that the test sites in Bergen and Homer only tested symptomatic first responders on Saturday.

According to recent data from the state police, there are approximately 36,000 full-time personnel in the state, and experts say the public should not worry about the imminent shortage of personnel.

“If you have the right managers and you have the right managers … we’re fine,” said Maria Huberfield, a professor of police science at John Jay Criminal Justice College in New York.

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Officials say the state’s crime rate has also fallen, which may help departments to cope with staff shortages, and New York City retired police captain Jon Shane has worked at John Jay ) Teach.

“If we don’t work there, we don’t need so many police officers to respond,” he said.

He said that although smaller agencies will be more affected by sick people, even a sharp drop in police can be offset by the help of neighboring departments, state police officers and “special services”, which are sometimes school retired police.

Shane said police and other closed businesses that were once stationed at the casino could be relocated and non-military officers could take on some administrative tasks to free more people for patrols.

National Guard troops have also recently been approved to work in the state.

The National Attorney General warned, but there was a shortage of protective equipment.

“We are working hard across the state, and we are definitely fighting personal protective equipment (PPE),” Gurbir Grewal said on Thursday. He said that some equipment must be wasted to disrupt illegal assembly.

Police responding to the call can now be told which dwellings have coronavirus patients, although the patient’s name is not shared. Some police also restrict face-to-face contact, while others deliberately do not commit certain crimes.

Officials announced on Saturday that there were at least 11,124 known virus cases in New Jersey, including at least 140 known deaths.

New York City police lose their first sworn-in detective to coronavirus

A New York City Police Department detective has died of a coronavirus and has infected more than 500 officials and other employees of the agency. He was the first person in the department to die from COVID-19 due to a viral infection.

The chairman of the Detective Foundation’s member association, Paul Digiacomo, said Cedric Dixon, who had served in the force for 23 years, died at a hospital in the Bronx.

“He is considered to be someone who will do anything for you. He will miss it very much,” Police Chief Dermot Shea said at a news conference on Saturday.

Dixon was assigned to Harlem’s 32nd district. Di Giacomo described him as a great detective.

The department said on Friday that 442 workers in uniform and 70 civilians had a positive coronavirus test, which was news of the death.

According to a report issued by the department, 4,111 uniformed employees called in sick on Friday. The ministry said it accounted for just over 11% of its total uniform workers.

On Thursday, police announced that a staff member, Dennis Dickson, had died of the virus in a Brooklyn hospital. They described Dickson as custodian as “the 14-year veteran of the NYPD family.”

 

 

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REF: nj.com

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