NYC's poorest neighborhoods have highest death rates from coronavirus

NYC's poorest neighborhoods have highest death rates from coronavirus

A map with confirmed coronavirus mortality rates in New York City by zip code. | NYC health

NEW YORK – People living in the poorest neighborhoods in New York die more than twice as often from coronavirus than wealthier neighborhoods new data approved by the city’s health department.

In postcodes where at least 30 percent of people live in poverty, the mortality rate according to Covid-19 is 232 per 100,000 people – compared to 100 in poor areas where less than 10 percent of the population are poor.


The data is the latest indication of profound differences in the effects of the coronavirus on New York City, the national epicenter of the pandemic. A total of 20,806 New Yorkers have died from the disease.

“This public health emergency has affected all of our communities,” Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said in a statement. “This virus does not do the New Yorkers justice and this reality guides the COVID-19 response.”

The highest mortality rate in the city is part of East New York, Brooklyn, where the massive Starrett City residential complex is located. There were 76 deaths in the region with approximately 13,000 residents.

The second highest mortality rate is in Far Rockaway in Queens, followed by part of Flushing in Queens, part of the northeastern Bronx, and Coney Island in Brooklyn.

All over the city, the working class on the outskirts and the low-income neighborhoods suffered the highest mortality rates. Lower rates have been observed in Manhattan south of Harlem and parts of Brownstone Brooklyn and Western Queens.

Previously, the city released data showing strong racial differences in coronavirus deaths, with black and Latin Americans dying about twice as much as whites. This trend has continued, with the Latino population dying the most, followed by the Black population.

There were more cases of Covid-19 in areas with high levels of poverty, but the gap in the cases is smaller than the gap in mortality rates. This indicates that residents of poor neighborhoods are both more likely to get the virus and more likely to succumb to it when they get it.

Only two zip codes in the city, both in the Lower Manhattan financial district, had no Covid-19 deaths.

Mortality is highest in the Bronx, followed by Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan.

Corona, Queens continues to lead the city in numerous cases, followed by Fordham in the Bronx, Elmhurst in Queens and Borough Park in Brooklyn. Throughout the city, the number of confirmed cases from Monday is up to 191,073.

The city also released new data Monday that measures the impact of Covid-19 on the city’s public housing developments.

At least 1,241 New York City Housing Authority residents have died from the virus, and there have been 7,818 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among social housing residents.

Grant Houses in West Harlem were the hardest hit with 22 deaths and 127 cases.


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