A Message to Our Members About the CoronavirusFebruary 4, 2020
The health and safety of all Detectives is the number one priority of the DEA. As we have all seen in the headlines, New York City health officials are testing individuals in the five boroughs for cases of the Coronavirus. As Detectives, your work can increase the chances of you coming in contact with an infected person.
Although, at this time, the risk of infection is low, the DEA urges you to take all precautions necessary to remain safe when interacting with people you believe may be infected with the Coronavirus. Those infected will exhibit symptoms which include the following: fever, cough, and shortness of breath (flu-like symptoms).
When, during the course of your official duties, you interact in any way with a person exhibiting or complaining of symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus, and consistent with public and officer safety, and the tactical situation with which you are confronted, we recommend calling EMS (if they are not already dispatched) and awaiting their arrival prior to having any contact with the individual — absent exigent circumstances. If it is necessary to interact with someone believed to be infected with the Coronavirus, Detectives should utilize latex gloves or similar, as well as an N-95 surgical mask. These items will be distributed by the Department to Detectives, as well as all uniformed members of the service.
If at any point you believe you have come into contact with the Coronavirus, please notify a Supervisor to begin the procedure for obtaining an NYPD exposure number. At that time, we ask you also to advise your DEA Delegate, a Board member, or the main office directly.
The DEA will always be there to ensure your well-being and to protect your rights. We will continue to provide any new updates regarding this matter.
Paul DiGiacomo, President
and the DEA Board