COVID-19 has killed more law enforcement officers this year than all other causes combined - WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

(CNN) – More police officers have died from COVID-19 this year than were killed on patrol.

This comes from the perspective of Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), a nonprofit that tracks law enforcement deaths while on duty.

At least 101 officials have died of COVID-19 since Thursday, while at least 82 died otherwise on Thursday, according to ODMP.

The organization is working to screen an additional 150 or so officers believed to have died on duty after being infected, communications director Jessica Rushing wrote in an email to CNN.

Shots are the second leading cause of death, killing at least 31 officers this year, according to the ODMP.

The toll could exceed officer deaths on September 11th

The number of victims of the coronavirus pandemic was so high that it exceeded the number of police officers who died as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"Given the number of Covid cases we have each day, we think it is very likely, and even likely, that COVID will surpass 9/11 as the only incident with the highest death toll in the country," Rushing said.

Seventy-one officers were killed when the World Trade Center collapsed in New York, and one died in the attack in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Since then, an additional 311 officials have died of September 11-related cancer, the organization said.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) attributes a similar number of civil servant deaths to Covid-19. The organization lists 111 officials on its website who have died from the virus at the time of this writing.

In Texas, most officials have died of Covid-19 with 24 deaths, followed by Louisiana with 12 deaths, NLEOMF reported.

Both organizations include police officers, sheriff deputies, marshals, correction officers and law enforcement officers.

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