April 13, 2020 By Allie Griffin
Nearly 2,000 Queens residents have died from the novel coronavirus, according to new data.
The borough continues to be the hardest hit by the deadly virus — 1,994 residents have died and 32,749 residents have contracted the disease, as of 5 p.m. yesterday.
Queens has more deaths and more positive cases than any other borough. Citywide, 6,182 New Yorkers have died and 104,410 New Yorkers have been infected with COVID-19.
The greater Elmhurst area has been called the “epicenter of the epicenter” of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. The number of cases there continues to rise, the data shows.
Corona has continuously had the largest share of residents with the virus. As of 5 p.m. yesterday, 2,398 residents tested positive for COVID-19. Elmhurst had 1,859 positive cases; Jackson Heights had 1,428; East Elmhurst had 1,716 cases; and Woodside had 1,152 cases.
Not far off, Ridgewood and Glendale, which share one zip code, had 1,066 cases together.
In Southeast Queens, Jamaica had 1,060 cases and Far Rockaway had 1,111 cases.
Many of the hardest hit neighborhoods are low income areas with large Hispanic and Black populations. Hispanic and Black New Yorkers in New York City are dying at twice the rate of white New Yorkers due to the coronavirus, according to health department data.
Elsewhere, hundreds of people have tested positive cases in several Queens neighborhoods.