New York City reported 84 more deaths from the coronavirus Thursday as the number of confirmed cases continues to soar locally and across the country.
The de Blasio administration also confirmed 1,239 new COVID-19 cases, bringing citywide totals to 23,112 infected people and 365 deaths as of Thursday evening.
Medical personnel Thursday described disastrous scenes at hospitals that have become completely overwhelmed by the deadly virus as droves of New Yorkers and the city’s first responders fall ill.
Mitch Katz, the head of the NYC Health + Hospitals system said the pandemic has been “very rough … very challenging” for workers.
“We are holding on,” Katz told the City Council in a telephone briefing. “It is very rough, it is very challenging, but all of the hospitals are working above their capacity to meet the need.
The virus has hospitalized 4,720 patients, 20 percent of all cases, with at least 850 of those being treated in ICUs.
Queens leads the boroughs with the most number of cases at 7,362; followed by Brooklyn with 6,095; the Bronx with 4,243; Manhattan with 4,4046 and then Staten Island with 1,330.
Queens also has the most infected residents per capita, with about .32 percent of the borough’s residents having come down with the virus.
New York has served as the epicenter for the United States’s outbreak as the country on Thursday reported the most confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the world, eclipsing both China and Italy.
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