New York City Sees 365 COVID-19 Fatalities, More Than 23K Cases

WCBS 880 Newsroom
March 26, 2020 - 8:09 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The number of coronavirus cases in New York City continued to rise significantly on Thursday with the death toll rising above 360.

Last Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed there were 23,112 cases in the five boroughs. Earlier in the day there were about 1,200 fewer cases.

Meanwhile, the number of fatalities grew to 365 from 281 in just a matter of hours.

The NYPD announced its first coronavirus-related death Thursday night. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said City Custodial Assistant Dennis Dickson, a member of the NYPD since 2006, had passed away due to complications of coronavirus.

"We're dealing with an unprecedented crisis in New York City. We are losing people every day," De Blasio tweeted. "The next few months will be painful and stress our health care system like never before."

Thirteen of the fatalities were at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, where conditions are being described as “apocalyptical.”

The city-run hospital has 545 beds and saw a number of deaths over a 24-hour period on Tuesday, New York City Health and Hospitals spokesman Christopher Miller said.

A refrigerated truck is currently parked outside of the hospital to act as a temporary morgue.

Mayor de Blasio said dozens of additional staff members have been sent to the hospital, which he called “the epicenter of the epicenter.”

The city will also be getting 2,500 more ventilators in a few days, the mayor announced.

The governor said that all New York hospitals have enough personal protective equipment for the immediate future, adding that the New York City Health and Hospital system has confirmed that. 

In response to reports that nurses are wearing plastic bags, he said that distribution issues may have been blame.