NEW YORK, NY – New York City reached a long-awaited milestone yesterday: the first day without a confirmed COVID-19 death in nearly three months.
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in New York was discovered on March 1, a 39-year-old healthcare professional who had returned from Iran—a significant coronavirus hotspot—the previous week. Ten days later, the city saw its first fatality: an 82-year-old Brooklyn woman who also suffered from emphysema. The following day, March 12, would be the last without a confirmed COVID-19 death until June 3.
The peak of the pandemic came in early April when more than 500 people dying daily; April 7 proved to be the summit, with some 590 fatalities.
To date, more than 202,319 cases have been recorded across New York City. Some 52,528 people have required hospitalization, and 16,992 have died. New York City is the hardest-hit city in the hardest-hit region in the hardest-hit nation on the planet, but at least a temporary respite may finally be in sight.
“In the face of extraordinary challenges, New Yorkers have gone above and beyond to keep each other safe throughout the crisis,” City Hall spokeswoman Avery Cohen said. “With hope on the horizon, we will continue to do everything we can to reopen safely without losing sight of the progress we’ve made.”
But the celebration may be premature: three deaths yesterday had a “probable” connection to COVID-19, and if any of them becomes confirmed, the milestone will have been an illusion.
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