NYPD reports deaths of 2 more members


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD is mourning the death of two additional members due to the novel coronavirus.

Officer Eric Murray passed from coronavirus complications after serving for nearly 17 years, first as a Traffic Enforcement Agent, then as a Police Officer.

"Saddened to announce the loss of Police Officer Eric Murray from the 25th Precinct. He passed away earlier today from Covid-19," NYPD Chief of Housing, David Barrere tweeted. "His family, friends and fellow officers are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace brother. May you never be forgotten."

Later, NYC Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the death of a second officer due to the coronavirus. 

"With great sadness, I announce the passing of Traffic Enforcement Agent Richard Austin, from #COVIDー19 complications. A member of our Transportation Bureau, he served New Yorkers for nearly 35 yrs," Shea tweeted.

On Thursday, 7,155 uniformed members of the NYPD were out sick, which accounts for 19.8 percent of the department’s uniformed workforce. 

Currently, 2,204 uniformed members and 408 civilian members tested positive for the coronavirus.