NYPD cops who are also certified nurses are pitching in to clear an influx of fellow officers as they return to work after calling out sick with coronavirus, sources told The Post Saturday.
Several registered-nurse officers — who had been formerly on patrol — have been assigned to the NYPD’s medical division to help doctors assess sick cops and approve them to return to active duty once they’ve recovered, the sources said.
“Since so many cops are coming back to work at the same time, the nurses will help expedite the process and get them back on the streets where they are needed,” a law enforcement source told The Post.
The NYPD could not confirm how many nurses were reassigned, amid a rising number of cops who have tested positive for the virus.
“Several uniformed members, who are certified nurses, were recently assigned to the medical division,” an NYPD spokesperson confirmed in a statement.
“Due to the large number of members who are out sick, they are assisting NYPD District Surgeons by contacting members of the service who have been out sick for an assigned period of time in order to assess if those members should be returned to active duty.”
As of Saturday, a total of 6,698 NYPD employees had called out sick during the crisis, representing over 18% of the uniformed force.
Another 1,775 NYPD employees had tested positive for the deadly disease, officials said.