The New York Police Department is dealing with a crisis of its own as 236 members of the NYPD have tested positive for COVID-19, while another 3,200 officers have called out sick due to the virus. 84 additional members of the NYC Fire Department have also tested positive for COVID-19.
This is an important social welfare concern, as government officials have to think about public safety. According to ABC, there has been a 25% drop in crime, but robberies increased this past week.
The number of reported rapes have also decreased, but officials worry that this arises concerns surrounding domestic violence and hesitancy to call for official help during a pandemic. The NYPD is actively practicing social distancing and says that the streets of New York are barren like nothing anybody has ever seen before; the severity of this crisis has fully set in.
The health of our safety officials is an important concern for New York City as well as our country’s public officials as a whole.
Proper protective gear is not readily available for everyone who needs it, and this insufficiency is leaving necessary members of our protective force exposed to the virus. Fire fighters, police officers, and medical professionals are contracting the disease and passing it along unknowingly, as many are asymptomatic.
This is of no fault on their end; we are dealing with a virus that is outpacing us. These citizens are still expected to be at work in the name of public safety, so we all need to do our part in staying home to slow down the spread of the virus so that they are able to deal with it adequately.
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, has had to work around the clock to deal with the concentration of the pandemic in the City alone.
Along with concern of the safety of the City’s health and safety officials, de Blasio has also addressed concerns surrounding mass concentrations of elerdly people in prison. This week, he has announced that 300 non violent inmates will be released from Rikers Island Prison in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus among the elderly population.
High concentrations of bodies remain a huge threat to the city, so it is more important than ever to make sure that there are no hot spots with elerly folks.
On the release, Blasio says,
“Only inmates who meet certain conditions will be released. These conditions include having serious pre-existing health conditions and less than one year remaining on their sentences. Inmates who were charged with sexual assault or domestic violence will not be eligible for release”
This virus will likely change the landscape of New York City forever. We should be grateful for our public officials now more than ever, and each do our part in making sure we keep them as safe as they possibly can while they are on the front line fighting COVID-19.