The data released by the US Centers for Disease Control on Friday revealed that the COVID-19 death toll of New York is almost 70,000.

The CDC data showed that so far since COVID hit the Empire State there are already 69,967 deaths recorded.

Health experts said most of the COVID death occurred during the first COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, when there were no vaccines available and local hospitals were overwhelmed with limited treatment.

Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes, dean of the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Public Health is not surprised by the huge number of COVID deaths in NY.

“A lot of the deaths occurred during the early onslaught in New York,” Mohandes said.

“Also, front-line workers had to go to their jobs. They could not self-isolate. That also had an impact.” Mohandes added.

Based on the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center data, New York has the 11th highest death rate of all states in the country or 348 per 100,000 residents

Moreover, Mohandes further revealed that The Bronx had the highest death rate of the major counties in New York — 370 per 100,000.

Mohandes added Queens was close behind with a death rate of 356 per 100,000 residents, followed by Brooklyn with 338 deaths per 100,000.

He said Staten Island is in third place with a death rate of 294 per 100,000 residents and Manhattan, 228 per 100,000 residents.

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