March 31, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
COVID-19 has killed more than 300 Queens residents since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to the latest data released by the NYC Department of Health this morning
Since the beginning of the outbreak, Queens has been the hardest borough hit with 309 lives lost, accounting for 33 percent of the city’s 932 fatalities, as of 9:30 a.m. on March 31.
The virus took the lives of four Queens residents overnight — compared to the nearly 50 residents who died in one night from Friday to Saturday due to COVID-19 complications.
More residents of Queens have also tested positive for COVID-19 than any other borough. As of this morning,13,576 of the New York City’s 40,900 coronavirus cases – representing 33 percent– live in the borough.
Brooklyn had 10,904 cases, Manhattan 6,446 cases, the Bronx 7,625 cases and Staten Island had 2,314 cases, according to DOH data.
The number of positive cases across the state soared to more than 75,000, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference this morning. The total death toll increased to 1,550 in the state.
“We’re still going up the mountain,” Cuomo said. “The main battle is on the top of the mountain at the apex. That’s what we are planning for now.”
The number of COVID-19 cases is likely to be a lot higher than the official data because people with mild symptoms have been advised to stay home and only those being hospitalized are being tested, according to mayor de Blasio – who was responding to a question on NBC’s The Today Show this morning.
“Doesn’t that dramatically undercount the number of people who are sick?” Today host Savannah Gurthrie asked.
The mayor responded by saying, “Absolutely.”
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez revealed Monday that she was diagnosed over the phone by her physician for a “presumed case of coronavirus,” meaning she likely has the virus but has not been physically tested for it.
Meanwhile, Cuomo announced this morning that his brother CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo tested positive for the virus.