More than 800 LAPD staff out due to COVID

Cases of COVID-19 continued to rise in the Los Angeles Police Department this week, with more than 800 employees now at home sick or in quarantine, officials said.

LAPD chief Michel Moore told the Civil Police Commission during his morning meeting on Tuesday that there were 562 new cases among department staff alone in the previous week after 424 new cases the week before.

A total of 803 employees in the department of about 12,200 were out.

Those numbers represent a massive increase from the 82 new cases a week ending in Christmas, and from less than 30 new cases a week as recently as a month ago, Moore said. There were 89 officers who were ill or in quarantine a month ago.

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