Today marks 2 years since the first death due to COVID-19 in New York City
Today marks 2 years since the first death due to COVID-19 in New York City

Today marks 2 years since the first death due to COVID-19 in New York City

March 14, 2022 marks two years since the city’s first COVID-19 death.

On this day in 2020, former Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s first coronavirus death in Brooklyn. Two years later, nearly 40,000 New Yorkers have passed away because of COVID.

Once the epicenter of the pandemic, nearly 2.3 million New Yorkers have been infected by COVID over the past two years. Over 161,000 were hospitalized and nearly 40,000 died. New Yorkers experienced several waves, including several variants with hospital capacity that maxed out at the height of the pandemic.

Today the outlook is very different. The seven-day positivity in the city right now is only 1.34% with 584 total cases, of which only 14 are hospitalized.

Health authorities say it is largely due to the vaccine. Over 86% of eligible New Yorkers are vaccinated – that’s over 7.1 million with at least one dose. Almost all restrictions around the city have now been lifted.

On March 15, it is two years since public schools closed due to COVID, and efforts to get more children vaccinated continue, especially those in the 5 to 11 age group.

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