California cop dies after being infected by inmate with coronavirus as NYPD cases soar above 1,500 and police departments around the country are crippled by the outbreak
A California sheriff, 54, died from COVID-19 Thursday after being infected by an inmate a local prison
Another 25 officers from the same police department have tested positive to coronavirus, including one who is in intensive care
Departments across the country reported more deaths Thursday; a North Carolina deputy, 43, and a Chicago officer, 51, both passed from COVID-19
The NYPD also reported its seventh death, while the number of employees testing positive to coronavirus continued to soar
Nearly one in five NYPD officers are out sick, while precincts in Harlem and the Bronx are reporting that nearly one-third of cops are unable to work
By ANDREW COURT
3 April 2020
A California sheriff has died from COVID-19, as police departments across the country face the prospect of being crippled by coronavirus.
Terrell Young, 54, from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department south of Los Angeles, passed away Thursday after allegedly contracting the highly contagious virus from a local prisoner two weeks ago.
The department has a further 25 employees who have tested positive to COVID-19, including one who is in a critical condition in hospital.
Law enforcement agencies across the country are grappling with how to protect the health of their employees while simultaneously trying to serve their communities.
On Thursday, police departments in llinois and North Carolina also reported officers had died from COVID-19 Thursday.
On the same day, the NYPD revealed that coronavirus cases continued to surge among their staff, with more than 1,500 now testing positive to the disease.
Nearly one in five officers called out sick Thursday, reporting that they were suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Across America, more than 244,000 people have been sickened by COVID-19, and more than 6,200 have died.
ONE DEATH AND 25 CASES: CORONAVIRUS CRIPPLES CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT
Riverside County Deputy Terrell Young, 54, died Thursday, two weeks after the department believes he was exposed to COVID-19 by an inmate at a local prison.
On March 16, Young transported a prisoner from the Byrd Detention Center to a local hospital, before he came down with a high fever six days later.
The inmate later became symptomatic himself.
25 officers from the department have now tested positive to coronavirus, including 22 who were assigned to the Byrd Detention Center.
60 inmates at the facility have now been quarantined, according to The Press Enterprise.
One colleague of Young’s told the publication that the Riverside Police Department is struggling with the death and the influx of other coronavirus cases.
‘There are a lot of emotions in the department. There’s a lot of uncertainty, there is a lot of anxiety, there is a lot of anger, there’s a lot of fear, and combine that with losing your friend,’ they stated.
‘This is a lot different than any other duty death that we’ve experienced. When this normally happens, there is a huge outpouring of support from friends and coworkers and extended family. And the unfortunate part of this is all of that is out the window,’ they continued.
Young was a 15-year veteran of the Riverside County Police Department, and leaves behind his wife of 31 years and their four children.
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