You are reading

COVID-19 Has Killed More Queens Residents Than Any Other Borough

Elmhurst Hospital, epicenter of the pandemic in Queens (Photo: QueensPost)

March 26, 2020 By Allie Griffin

More and more New Yorkers are dying from the coronavirus and the virus has killed more residents of Queens than any other borough.

Nearly 300 residents in New York City have died of COVID-19 complications and about a third of all deaths have been in Queens.

As of 8:45 this morning, 92 Queens residents out of 281 New York City residents have died, according to New York City data. Across the state, 100 people died in the past 24 hours, totaling 385 people lost since the pandemic began.

“This is really bad news. The number of deaths is increasing,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said at an Albany press conference today. “It’s bad news because people are dying and that’s the worst news you can have.”

Queens also has the highest number of cases of COVID-19 at 7,026 out of the City’s 21,873 total cases, according to the city data.

As of yesterday at 5:30 p.m., 1,363 patients were hospitalized in Queens for COVID-19 — that’s more than Staten Island’s total number of cases.

Elmhurst Hospital has been inundated with sick COVID-19 patients and is at the center of the crisis. In just 24 hours, the hospital lost 13 patients.

The number of deaths will continue to rise as critical patients remain on ventilators in the ICU, Cuomo said, and resources get stretched.

A doctor at Elmhurst Hospital said the staff members have been frantically searching for additional beds for the critically ill coronavirus patients.

“It’s just like a tidal wave,” said an Elmhurst Hospital doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The only beds we’ve been able to free up are people who have died.”

And at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens in Flushing, hospital staff have moved children undergoing treatment to free up room in the intensive care unit for coronavirus patients, the New York Post reported.

Cuomo said his office is working to distribute patients between hospitals in order to prevent individual hospitals from being overrun.

“Right now, the number of cases is highest in downstate New York,” Cuomo said. “So we’re working on a collaboration where we distribute the load between downstate hospitals and upstate hospitals.”

The state is also working to create an additional 1000-bed overflow facility in each borough, Cuomo said.

The hospital system across the state has 53,000 beds. At the height of the pandemic — which is expected to come in 14 to 21 days — New York may need as much as 140,000 hospital beds.

The governor acknowledged the challenge New Yorkers were facing as the state has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

“I don’t want to sugarcoat the situation — the situation is not easy,” Cuomo said. “But easy times don’t forge character, it’s the tough times that forge character and that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

email the author:


Click for Comments 
Susan Butler

Why did they allow all the hospitals in Queens to close? Mary Immaculate, St. Johns, Parkway, why not renovate them and fix them so they could be still used as hospitals.
We don’t need all tghe new apartments.


Let’s be honest that queens is also loaded with Chinese and old people… Frushing in particular is as densely populated as a chinese city. Thats just a fact.


I want to personally thank the three Queens Borough President candidates, Costa Constantinides, Liz Crowley, and Donovan Richards. While you have all accepted massive contributions from big developers, and while those big developers have constructed a huge number of buildings bringing in thousands upon thousand of new residents from many different cities not one of you has done anything about creating new hospitals. Long Island City, Astoria, Woodside, Sunnyside, have grown exponentially, our services have remained the same no additional police, fire fighters, EMS, sanitation, and certainly no hospitals. In fact hospitals have shut down and closed, and neither of you has shown the least bit of concern, and now as we are faced with the COV-19 crisis, all of your constituents are paying the price. People are dying because of your green, lack of vision, and lack of concern. You all may want to blame president Trump, however you have all been in office at least eight years, and in those eight years you’ve do absolutely NOTHING to address the issue of the lack of hospitals in Queens. Perhaps that is why were are number 1 in cov-19 cases and deaths in the five boroughs.

rgs sunnyside

agree totally! it’s all been about real estate! add in that they want to build over sunnyside yards and nothing has been done about improving infrastructure! meanwhile the super rich wait this out in the country and their beach front houses!!!

Gardens Watcher

Going forward, NYC won’t have money for non-essential jobs. They should eliminate the borough Presidents positions.

Trump and other massive luxury developers are bad, I agree

Th 1%, elite, wealthy developers like Trump are buying the politicians. We should blame all the massive real estate companies except Trump Organization because, reasons?


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

More than 8,000 attend Long Island City’s annual street festival showcasing local businesses in the community

May 29, 2024 By Bill Parry

More than 8,000 people and an unknown number of puppies took part in LIC Springs!, the signature street festival organized each year by the Long Island City Partnership to showcase the booming neighborhood’s vibrancy and diversity. Vernon Boulevard was closed to motor vehicles to make way for live music, dance performances, art exhibits, fitness classes, interactive lessons, outdoor dining, pop-up activities, and games.