COVID-19 has hit both the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, with about 2,500 employees sick or in quarantine due to coronavirus, the Los Angeles Times reported.
LAPD chief Michel Moore told the newspaper that COVID-19 has “a significant impact on our implementation.”
The high number of calls comes just two weeks away from the Super Bowl, which is scheduled to be held at the city’s SoFi Stadium.
Both the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have been affected. The report said 1,300 LAPD employees and about 1,200 sheriff staff are sick.
Moore added that 83 percent of his staff are vaccinated, but the LAPD sees an increase in breakthrough cases. The huge increase in cases comes a week after Los Angeles exceeded 2 million COVID-19 cases during the entire pandemic.
“What we follow very closely is this impact on our implementation numbers as we approach Super Bowl week with celebration and events here,” he said, according to the Times.
He said the LAPD is “looking at contingency planning” for staff events during the week of the Super Bowl.
The increase in cases also reflects a broader city-wide increase in cases of coronavirus.
COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles area are nearly 10 times higher than they were a month ago, when the omicron variant spread rapidly.
The county has also reported an increase in COVID-19 deaths, with daily deaths due to the virus doubling in just one week. On Thursday, the county reported 102 COVID-19 deaths, marking the most deaths it has seen in a day since March 10, according to the county’s public health department.