The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed since the COVID pandemic began in 2019, New York City already registered 60,253 deaths based on death certificate data reported by state and city health officials.
The CDC number is higher than the 47,492 COVID-19-related deaths data of the New York State Health Department sourced from hospitals, nursing homes, and adult care facilities only.
It was learned that in late March, the Big Apple surpassed 50,000 deaths from the virus.
As the death rate of COVID surpasses the 60,000 mark in NYC, local health officials revealed that the death rate in New York has dropped significantly from earlier COVID-19 outbreaks because most residents have been vaccinated or built up immunity from prior infection.
“We were able, thank goodness, to persuade the older group of people to get vaccinated and get their booster,” Ayman El-Mohandes, dean of the City University of New York’s School of Public Health said.
“We should expect a slower death rate,” El-Mohandes added.
Sources said on Friday, 59 deaths were recorded which is lower than the 102 daily seven-day average death toll last December when vaccines weren’t widely available.
An analysis made by Empire Center for Public Policy showed that in mid-January, deaths peaked at 175 per day.
The Empire Center added that a year ago, there were 8,000 to 9,000 COVID-19 related hospitalizations.
By comparison, there were 3,909 hospitalizations as of Friday.
“Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths in NY remain far below levels of the same time last year. With high vaccination levels + currently steep increase in tests, case count alone is more misleading than ever,” the Empire Center’s senior analyst E.J. McMahon tweeted.