Temperature checks now mandatory for civilians, not just cops, entering NYPD buildings

Maya Rajamani
April 23, 2020 - 11:58 am

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea said Thursday that civilians — not just the force's officers — will be subject to temperature checks upon entering any NYPD facility.

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    It clarifies remarks Shea made last week that the department would begin checking its officers’ temperatures before they started work. During a live-streamed question-and-answer session Thursday morning, Shea said no one — including civilians and Shea himself — would be exempt from the checks. 

    “Be aware that if you’re in a precinct, transit district or a [Police Service Area], if you’ve swung out and you’re coming back to work, when you come back in, you’re going to see somebody there taking your temperature. Mandatory,” he said. 

    “We’re taking everyone’s temperature coming into the buildings, whether you’re a uniformed [NYPD] member, whether you’re a civilian [member], whether you’re somebody coming in to make a report.”

    “We’ve caught a number of people that had fevers that didn’t even know they had fevers, and if you work for the NYPD, you’re going sick,” he added. “When I pull into [1 Police Plaza] next week, I’m getting my temperature checked, period.” 

    Thirty-one NYPD members have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and 4,200 uniformed members — or 11.6 percent of the uniformed force — were out sick as of Thursday, Shea said. 

    The number of uniformed members out sick, however, has been on the decline for 14 days in a row, he noted, calling the statistic “really good news.” The peak of illnesses hit on April 9, when 7,155 uniformed members were out sick.

    “The rate of people coming back to work from having tested positive in the past, we’re over 60 percent. We’re almost at two-thirds of the people who have tested positive for COVID,” Shea said, though he noted that "not everyone had a test, depending on how severe your illness was.” 

    “We’ve done a lot, We’ve asked a lot of all of you, you’ve answered the call as you always have, and we’re moving in the right direction,” he added. 

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