645 New Jersey Police Test Positive For Coronavirus, Almost 3,000 Cops Sidelined
Trenton, NJ – Officials said that 645 New Jersey law enforcement officers have tested positive for coronavirus as of Monday, and 2,310 more are isolating or have self-quarantined at home after showing symptoms or having a known exposure to an infected person.
The number of infections was up 83 from the 562 officers who officials said had tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 7, New Jersey Advance Media reported.
New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan gave the update at New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s daily press conference on Monday.
Two more New Jersey officers died of coronavirus on Sunday morning, bringing the number of law enforcement coronavirus related deaths to five, New Jersey Advance Media reported.
Col. Callahan told reporters that given New Jersey was the most densely populated state in the country, compliance had been going relatively well.
The state has said it has a plan to deal with the law enforcement officer shortages all over the state as a result of the pandemic, New Jersey Advance Media reported.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said agencies should rely on officers from nearby jurisdictions to help cover their territory, and fully utilize their auxiliary or special officers to help fill the gap.
The governor has also permitted retired police officers to return to work on a temporary basis without any impact on their pension status, New Jersey Advance Media reported.
Grewal said new police recruits who are not yet certified and retired officers who are not able to work on the streets were still needed and would be assigned to indoor administrative support tasks.
New Jersey has had 63,381 residents test positive for coronavirus as of April 13, with 2,443 fatalities, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.