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New York has been the hot spot in the United States for weeks now, and the city faces additional challenges as nearly 10,000 NYPD and NYFD members have called out sick due to the virus.
Top law and order officials worry that New York could see a breakdown in social order as many first responders are out sick.
Towards the end of last week the New York Police Department reported that nearly a sixth of it’s force was out sick. As of Friday nearly one in four FDNY members were out sick along with thousands of EMTS and paramedics.
On top of all of the first responders out sick, 911 is reporting some of the highest call volumes ever recorded. A busy day for 911 calls would be approximately 4000, but on Monday FDNY had to deal with more than 6500 calls.
As the pandemic is expected to worsen before it hits its peak, NY first responders are feeling the effects. They are asking people to not call 911 unless their coronavirus symptoms are severe or they are experiencing an other type of emergency.
While New York has dealt with numerous types of disasters what makes this one so challenging is that it is going on for weeks as opposed to days. First responders are doing everything they can to keep social order, but as the number of available responders declines fear is rising about how long they will be able to continue to do so.
We want to give a huge thank you to all first responders who are working diligently on the front lines of the coronavirus fight