As of Wednesday morning, more than 1,400 NYPD employees have tested positive for coronavirus, a law enforcement source tells CNN.
6,172 uniformed officers -- about 17% of the police department -- are out sick, according to the source.
“It has been a clearly a difficult time for New York City as a whole. The message is to all New Yorkers that we're all in this together,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said to CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
Shea said the NYPD is in “a constant state of planning” to respond to the coronavirus in the city and among officers.
“We are scrambling, but that shouldn’t have a negative connotation. We are able to handle many, many different tasks here. We’re still fighting crime,” Shea said, adding that officers are on patrol, as well as delivering food and calling domestic violence survivors.
“Right now, we're in good shape in New York City. But the bottom line is anyone that can help will be asked upon to help to keep people safe,” Shea said when asked if state police may provide backup to city police in the future.