NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – At least 2,800 FDNY members—nearly 16.5 percent of the department—were out sick Tuesday as the coronavirus continued to hit New York City especially hard.
A senior FDNY official told Fox News that the number of members out sick includes 23 percent of EMS workers and 16 percent of firefighters. The department has 17,000 members.
At least 282 FDNY members have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The NYPD also saw large numbers of its members call out sick.
On Tuesday, 15.6 percent of department members called out sick, according to department data.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan wrote about the sickouts on Twitter Tuesday: “With more than 5,600 cops out sick and over 1,000 who have tested positive for #COVID19, the hundreds of additional officers who were deployed this week will be on the streets keeping you safe.”
So far at least 1,048 uniformed officers and 145 civilian members of the NYPD have tested positive for the coronavirus.
An FDNY auto mechanic from Staten Island and three members of the NYPD—a detective and two civilian workers—have died from the coronavirus.