NY hospitals battle virus: “A catastrophe” The New York City Police Department is seeing a huge spike in absences, even as it has been tasked with helping enforce coronavirus social distancing rules. On Friday, 4,111 officers called in sick, accounting for more than 11% of the force. Typically, about 3% of the force is out sick, New York City police commissioner Dermot Shea told CBS News’ David Begnaud. The men & women of the NYPD are a highly-dedicated group who go to work every day, specifically to protect 8.6 million New Yorkers.NYC, we’re going to get through this — together — as a big New York family.Thank you, @DavidBegnaud, for having me on.⬇️pic.twitter.com/5OclFM792S— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) March 27, 2020 The NYPD also announced its first coronavirus death on Thursday: Dennis Dickson, a department janitor, died from complications of the disease, Shea said. New York has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., with more than 44,000 confirmed cases statewide, including over 25,000 in New York City, to date. As of Friday, 512 NYPD personnel have tested positive for the virus, up from 351 on Thursday and 236 on Wednesday. Those numbers include uniformed officers and non-sworn personnel who work for

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