NYPD loses another 2 members of the force to COVID-19 outbreak

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Posted at 7:42 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 08:04:12-04

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department lost another two members of the force due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the department announced.

School Safety Agent Roniece Watson and Traffic Enforcement Agent Karisma Dargan died due to complications of the novel coronavirus earlier this week, the NYPD announced.

Watson, who became a member of the NYPD in 2003, was assigned to the School Safety Division.

Dargan, assigned to Brooklyn Traffic Enforcement, died Wednesday, due to COVID-19, the NYPD said.

The number of cases of COVID-19 within the NYPD continues to rise, with over 1,400 members of the force testing positive for the virus as of Wednesday.

Shea spoke to the department's rising COVID-19 cases in an interview with CNN. The cable outlet also reported that nearly 6,200 members of the force, or 17%, were currently out sick, a number Shea did not dispute.

There are over 92,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York, with nearly 52,000 in New York City alone, as of Thursday