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Hospitalizations for Virus Are Nearly Flat in N.Y., but 799 More Die: Live Updates

A group of adjoining neighborhoods in Queens has emerged as the epicenter of New York’s raging outbreak.

RIGHT NOWThe number of virus patients hospitalized in New York grew by its smallest number in weeks, but deaths reached another all-time high.

Hospitalizations in New York are almost flat, but deaths are still climbing.
The story of the coronavirus in New York continues to be one of encouraging progress and devastating loss of life, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Thursday.

Over the last two weeks, the number of virus patients hospitalized has grown more and more slowly, from over 20 percent per day to single-digit percent increases this week.

From Wednesday to Thursday, the number increased by 200 people, to 18,279, New York City News an increase of just 1 percent. If the trend continues, the number of people in hospitals will soon start to decline, a sign that the virus has passed its apex.

But the number of people dying of complications from the virus is continuing to grow: 799 people died from Wednesday to Thursday, another one-day high.

For the second consecutive day, the governor compared the toll of the virus to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, calling the virus a “silent explosion that ripples through society with the same randomness, the same evil that we saw on 9/11.”

As he has repeatedly in recent days, Mr. Cuomo stressed that social distancing and other restrictions continued to be enforced, and were necessary to continue the progress the state had made.

He cautioned that while New York would likely have enough hospital beds and ventilators to treat patients if current trends held, the state still did not have the resources it needed if the most drastic projections of the virus’s spread held.

“Everybody is assuming, well, once we get through this, we’re done,” Mr. Cuomo said. Press Release Distribution Service “I wouldn’t be so quick to assume that. This virus has been ahead of us from day one.”

Mr. Cuomo also continued to emphasize that black and Hispanic communities had been hardest hit by the virus in New York, and said that additional testing sites would be opened in predominantly black and Latin neighborhoods.

In a city ravaged by the coronavirus, few places have suffered as much as central Queens, where a seven-square-mile patch of densely packed immigrant enclaves recorded more than 7,000 cases of the virus in the first weeks of the outbreak.

A group of adjoining neighborhoods — Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights — has emerged as the epicenter of New York’s raging outbreak.

As of Wednesday, those communities, with a combined population of about 600,000, had recorded more than 7,260 coronavirus cases, according to data collected by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Manhattan, with nearly three times more people, had about 10,860 cases.

The crisis has transformed the area. Roosevelt Avenue, the vital commercial artery that normally bustles with taquerias, arepa stands, threading salons and shops selling newspapers in dozens of languages, has all but shut down. The eerie silence is intermittently broken by sirens and the clattering of trains on elevated tracks.

“We’re the epicenter of the epicenter,” said Councilman Daniel Dromm, who represents Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. He became emotional as he took stock of losses that included five friends and more than two dozen constituents. “This has shaken the whole neighborhood,” he said.

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