Some New York City neighborhoods have seen death rates from the novel coronavirus nearly 15 times higher than others, according to data released by New York City’s health department on Monday, showing the disproportionate toll taken on poor communities.
The data shows for the first time a breakdown on the number of deaths in each of the city’s more than 60 ZIP codes.
The highest death rate was seen on the edge of Brooklyn in a neighborhood dominated by a large subsidized-housing development called Starrett City which saw 612.24 deaths per 100,000.
Nearby Rockaway, Queens, a community that is almost 39% black and 21% Latino was the second most affected neighborhood with 444.73 per 100,000 deaths.
In Flushing, Queens, a predominantly Asian community, the death rate was at 434.09 per 100,000 deaths.
New York City has created a map that show the areas with the highest death counts from coronavirus. The darker the shade, the greater the number of deaths per 100,000
The Bronx and Queens are shown to have the highest death rate. The Bronx death rate measured 236 deaths per 100,000 with Queens at 210 deaths per 100,000 people
This map shows the percentage of positive tests for COVID. The darker areas show that up to 49% of those who were tested were positive for the virus
The red circles show the amount of deaths in each zip code with the larger circles indicating a greater number of fatalities
This map shows the number of cases of coronavirus per 100,000 residents. The darker shades reveal numbers up to around 4,125 people per 100,000 residents
Figures from the city show that a housing project in Canarsie, Starrett City suffered the highest death rate with 612 per 100,000. Areas in the Bronx and Queens followed closely behind
At the other end of the scale, there were zero deaths in two zip codes of Lower Manhattan and a relatively small number in Greenwich Village and Soho neighborhoods
NYC’s worst affected neighborhoods
Starrett City – 612.24 per 100,000
Rockaway – 444.73 per 100,000 deaths
Flushing – 434.09 per 100,000
Northeast Bronx – 429.32 per 100,000
West Queens – 411.38 per 100,000
Coney Island – 415.85 per 100,000
Coney Island, which has demographics of 32% black suffered 415.85 deaths per 100,000.
At least 190,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in NYC as of Monday. In total there have been more than 15,900 confirmed deaths and a further 4,800 probable deaths.
Civic leaders had been pushing for the more granular data, which they said would show stark racial and economic disparities after New York City became the heart of one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world in March and April.
In the wealthy, mostly white enclave of Gramercy Park in Manhattan, the rate is 31 deaths per 100,000 residents, the data shows. The affluent West Village also has a similarly low rate of 29 deaths per 100,000 along with the Upper West Side with 32 deaths per 100,000.
Only two zip codes in the city, both in lower Manhattan’s financial district, had no deaths from Covid-19.
The city has released a whole host of data including a chart that shows the peak of admissions
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was handing out masks in Flushing Meadows, Queens this weekend.
Ambulances are parked in a lot, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in the Starrett City neighborhood in Brooklyn. It has been area with the highest number of COVID deaths
A long subway ride away in Far Rockaway in the borough of Queens, which is more than 40% black and 25% Latino or Hispanic, the death rate is nearly 15 times higher: 444 deaths per 100,000 residents.
‘It’s really heartbreaking and it should tug at the moral conscience of the city,’ Mark Levine, chairman of the City Council’s health committee, said in an interview. ‘We knew we had dramatic inequality. This, in graphic form, shows it’s even greater than maybe many of us feared.’
Rockaway, Queens has suffered the second highest number of deaths in the city with 444.73 per 100,000 deaths
Policemen wearing masks patrol at the promenade at Coney Island, one of the worst affected areas. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is not yet ready to open beaches for swimming
The Northeast Bronx, pictured, was the fourth worst in terms of coronavirus deaths at 429.32 per 100,000
Poor black and Latino New Yorkers are much more likely to do low-paid, essential jobs that cannot be done remotely, putting them at higher risk of exposure, Levine said. They are also more likely than rich, white New Yorkers to live in smaller, more crowded apartments.
Due to inequalities in access to healthcare, they are also more likely to have underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, Levine said.
‘There are clear inequalities, clear disparities in how this disease is affecting the people of our city,’ the city’s Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
‘So many people struggle to get the healthcare they need, who didn’t have the money to afford the healthcare they deserved. So many people have lived with chronic healthcare conditions.’
The city had been releasing a daily update of cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, by ZIP code, but only gave a breakdown of deaths for each of the city’s five boroughs.
The coronavirus has killed at least 20,800 people in the city so far, according to health department data.
Wealthy Gramercy Park in Manhattan had the city’s lowest death rate of 31 deaths per 100,000
In Flushing, Queens, a predominantly Asian community, the death rate was at 434.09 per 100,000 deaths