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Overwhelming Majority of New York’s COVID Fatalities Are Seniors With Underlying Health Conditions

Data from New York’s Department of Health’s COVID-19 tracker shows that, by a large margin, fatalities are mostly among people over 60 with underlying health conditions.


When it comes to those Americans who have contracted COVID-19 and died from it, New York is the nation’s hotspot with more than four times the amount of deaths than its closest competitor, New Jersey, and nearly 13 times more than California.

As a result of this, it may be beneficial to look at the demographics of those New Yorkers who have, in fact, died from COVID-19 as it may lead authorities to modify their practices for those at less risk—namely younger and healthier people.

The majority of New York’s more than 4,700 deaths due to coronavirus were among men, and 86% of all deaths were among people who had underlying illnesses, such as hypertension and diabetes, reported USA Today.

Of the 4,758 deaths in New York since the first on March 14, 61% were men and 39% were women, the state Department of Health reported on its new data portal.

In addition, 63% of the deaths were among those age 70 and older, while 7% of the cases were those 49 and younger.

And 4,089 of those who died had at least one other chronic disease, the records showed… [Emphasis added.]

Although the numbers have increased since the USA Today article was initially published, a deeper dive into the current numbers reveals that trends still hold true.

In fact, 82.4 percent of the fatalities in New York have been over the age of 60, according to the data provided by New York’s Department of Health, and 86.2 percent of total fatalities have at least one comorbidity.

SOURCE: Data from April 6, 2020 via the New York Department of Health

In addition, of the cases in New York, 93 percent are in New York City and its suburbs–in part “due to the rapid spread of the illness there and aggressive testing,” reported USA Today.

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