You are reading

Nearly 1,400 Queens Residents Have Died From COVID-19

Mayor Bill de Blasio at today’s daily briefing (Mayor’s Office)

April 9, 2020 By Allie Griffin

More than 4,000 New York City residents have died of the novel coronavirus and nearly a third of the deaths have been Queens residents, according to city data released this morning.

In total, 4,426 New Yorkers have been killed by the virus in the Big Apple — 1,377 of whom called Queens home.

The borough remains “the epicenter of the epicenter” with the highest number of confirmed cases. As of this morning, 27,063 residents have been infected by the deadly virus — a large chunk of the 84,373 cases citywide.

Statewide, 799 New Yorkers died yesterday — the highest number of deaths in a single day for the third day in a row. The death toll was 779 on Tuesday and 731 on Monday.

Despite the colossal loss of life, daily hospitalizations across the city have begun to drop and stabilize — a positive sign that New York City has begun to flatten its coronavirus curve.

The city may begin to lift some restrictions by mid-May or June if improvements continue, Mayor Bill de Blasio said today. He did not say what restrictions would be lifted first.

He did note that the city plans to keep most people working from home for the foreseeable future.

De Blasio said that the progress the city has made in stopping the spread is likely to mean that the months ahead might not be as bad as expected.

“May might be easier than I originally feared it would be,” he said.

De Blasio said that the restrictions will drop once a number of goals have been achieved.

He said that the number of hospital admissions must fall and stabilize for a sustained period of time. Additionally, ICU admissions and the percentage of people testing positive must also fall over a long period.

“If we really work hard we have a chance of seeing change in May or June,” he said, as he urged New Yorkers to do their part.

He said residents must strictly follow social distancing orders and stay home as much as possible, so that the numbers will continue to level out.

Expanded testing from the federal government is also necessary to return back to normal life, the mayor said.

“We need a whole lot of testing,” de Blasio said. “We need the federal government to step up, we need them to do it quickly.”

DOH: April 9, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Crunching the Queens crime numbers: felony assaults across the borough on the rise, burglaries down slightly in northern Queens

Feb. 21, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

The number of felony assaults across Queens increased during the 28-day period from Jan. 22 through Feb. 18, compared to the same period of time last year, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Tuesday. At the same time, the number of reported burglaries experienced a slight but noticeable drop in northern Queens.

Maspeth man faces life in prison for 2020 fatal stabbing in Dutch Kills: DA

A Maspeth man who was caught by transit cops vaping inside a Brooklyn subway station in January is facing as much as 75 years to life in prison for stabbing a Dutch Kills man to death four years ago.

Luis Hernandez, 36, of 56th Street, was arraigned Tuesday in Queens Supreme Court on a seven-count indictment charging him with murder, gang assault and other crimes in the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man and the attempted murder of two others in Astoria in 2020.