May 8, 2020 By Allie Griffin
More than 5,500 Queens residents have been killed by COVID-19 since the virus took ahold of New York City in March, according to newly released data.
In total, the coronavirus has killed 5,510 Queens residents and 19,702 New Yorkers across the five boroughs from March 11 through yesterday evening, according to the city’s Department of Health.
From Wednesday night to Thursday night, 162 more lives were lost in New York City.
The Queens death toll is second only to Brooklyn, where 5,805 residents have succumbed to the deadly virus–as of yesterday.
The numbers include both deaths of those who had tested positive prior to dying, as well as probable cases, where COVID-19 was determined as the cause of death although the victim was never tested.
In the World’s Borough, 4,332 residents who tested positive for the virus died of it and another 1,178 residents are believed to have been killed by the novel coronavirus.
Queens has often been referred as the epicenter of the epicenter of the pandemic and the number of cases hasn’t slowed. Queens still carries the highest number of residents infected with COVID-19 of the five boroughs.
A whopping 54,558 residents had contracted the disease as of Thursday at 6 p.m., according to the data.
Corona alone has had 3,884 residents infected with the virus, more than any other zip code. The adjacent neighborhoods of Elmhurst and Jackson Heights each have more than 2,000 cases as well — with 2,884 and 2,226 cases respectively.
In Southeast Queens, Far Rockaway has also been particularly hard hit. The neighborhood has 2,003 cases of COVID-19.
All five boroughs have had a combined 176,086 cases of COVID-19 — more than many nations.