“Our prayers are with his loved ones & colleagues today and every day,” Shea tweeted.
The department, along with the city, has been hit hard by the coronavirus. On Saturday, 6,743 uniformed members, or more than 18% of the workforce, were out sick, the NYPD said in its daily report. Some 2,318 uniformed members and 471 civilian members had tested positive for the coronavirus, the report said.
The number of deaths has been “flattening” in the state, but “at a terribly high rate,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. Some 758 people died in a 24-hour period, Cuomo said in his latest briefing.
Shea said Friday that for the first time in 27 days, more people were coming back to work than people going out sick on an individual day.
“There is light at the end of that tunnel,” Shea said during a conversation with NYPD members broadcast on Twitter.
“As good as it is to see members coming back, we still have a heck of a lot people in the hospital,” Shea said.