Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 Health Care for NYPD Officers

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Hello Everyone, 

We are asking for urgent attention to the lack of adequate protection being offered to officers during this COVID-19 pandemic when they are at a high risk of exposure every single day in the line of duty.

As of date, we have over 300 officers tested positive for Coronavirus and over 3,200 officers have called out sick. They are being provided with a single pair of gloves, 1 single surgical mask, and a 6 oz bottle of sanitizer (a few precincts received stock that expired in 2016!). Some officers have reported getting a SINGLE sanitizer wipe and some have reported getting nothing at all.

The medical division and NYPD leadership is advising officers to continue working even if they were exposed to a positive COVID-19 carrier unless they develop symptoms. This is completely in conflict with the public health advice being issued by the CDC and especially to help "flatten the curve" for those officers who may be asymptomatic. If they do develop symptoms, they are only being given an average of one week of time off and not the minimum 14 day quarantine guidelines for the onset of symptoms and/or until full recovery.

This is completely unacceptable. Our NYPD officers (and other first responders) should not be "just a number". Did we learn nothing post 9/11 regarding failure to supply PPE to our first responders and the toll it continues to take over nearly a decade later? We understand that health care workers are first priority when it comes to limited supply items but first responders need to be prioritized after! We cannot have them out on the front lines protecting the public if we don't provide them with the resources (PPE) to be protected and if we don't follow the guidance by official health authorities that protect and support them through to recovery if (AND MORE LIKE WHEN) they are exposed. 

WEARING PPE SHOULD BE MANDATORY, WE NEED TO TRAIN AND SUPPLY THEM WITH APPROPRIATE AND SUFFICIENT PPE, AND WE NEED TO GUIDE THEM WITH HEALTH PROTOCOLS THAT ARE IN LINE WITH THE CDC RECOMMENDATIONS!

We are asking for immediate consideration to this matter. We are asking for change. We are asking to protect those who put their lives on the line every single day to protect us. 

Thank you, 

Concerned Civilians, the Blue Line Family, and supporters of the NYPD

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