More than 900 NYCHA residents have died of coronavirus, new data shows

Posted at 4:11 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 16:13:14-04

NEW YORK — The city released coronavirus data about New York City Housing Authority residents for the first time Monday, two months after the local outbreak began.

As of May 11, 943 NYCHA residents had died of COVID-19, officials said. An additional 298 likely died of coronavirus, but the cause of death hasn't been confirmed. There have been 7,818 cases of COVID-19 among the approximately 400,000 NYCHA residents.

Grant Houses in Manhattan has the most cases; 127 residents out of 4,298 were sickened by coronavirus. But overall, Bronx NYCHA facilities were hardest hit. Several locations, including Butler, Patterson, Edenwald, Castle Hill, Bronx River, had 100 or more cases of coronavirus.

Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot noted the pandemic has impacted all New York communities.

“The data also show that this virus is not hitting New Yorkers equitably and that reality is guiding the COVID-19 response," Dr. Barbot said. "Everyone, particularly older New Yorkers must continue to follow guidance and take precautions to protect themselves.”