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coronavirus 3:42 PM

NYC Blacks and Hispanics Dying of COVID-19 at Twice the Rate

3:42 PM
Preliminary data underscores longstanding disparities in health care access and pre-existing conditions. The numbers renewed calls for action
NYC Blacks and Hispanics Dying of COVID-19 at Twice the Rate Preliminary data underscores longstanding disparities in health care access and pre-existing conditions. The numbers renewed calls for action
  1. health

    Bus Drivers Hardest Hit by Deaths as COVID-19 Devastates MTA

    At least 33 transit workers have died. Among the first: bus driver Ernesto Hernandez, one of the frontline employees Cuomo hailed for “heroic work.”
    health
  2. work

    NYC Youth Summer Jobs Program Scrapped Over Pandemic

    Chalkbeat
    Some 75,000 young people will go without work, leading to a loss of income and experience. Critics called the city’s decision hasty.
    work
  3. coronavirus

    Family Has Housing Voucher and an Apartment — But They’re Still Homeless

    As the city’s poverty relief agency struggles to remotely handle cases, families eligible for independent living remain stuck in homeless shelters.
    coronavirus
  4. coronavirus

    Officials Urge Cuomo, de Blasio To Act On ‘Uneven’ COVID-19 Death Toll

    Pols seek Harlem River Yards medical facility and demographic data on COVID-19 victims after THE CITY’s report on high Bronx virus fatality rate.
    coronavirus
  5. changing picture

    NYC Signs of Hope and Defiance in the Time of Coronavirus

    Reporters for THE CITY captured images showing how creative New Yorkers are trying to lift spirits during one of our most challenging periods.
    changing picture
  6. coronavirus

    How NYC’s Emergency Ventilator Stockpile Ended Up on the Auction Block

    ProPublica
    A 2006 pandemic plan warned the city could be short by up to 9,500 ventilators. But the few hundred acquired were scrapped over maintenance costs.
    coronavirus
  7. making history

    ‘What’s Safe to Do?’: NYC Museums Grapple with Preserving COVID-19 Artifacts

    NYC’s archivists and curators are figuring out how best to chronicle coronavirus history without putting the public — or themselves — at risk.
    making history
  8. jails

    Feeling Vulnerable Behind Bars as Coronavirus Spreads on Rikers Island

    Victor Chapman, who has AIDS, was arrested in September for robbery in Manhattan. Now he fears a death sentence before he’s even tried.
    jails
  9. parole

    First Rikers Virus-Positive Fatality Was Jailed on Technicality

    Michael Tyson, who died Sunday, was awaiting a hearing on parole violation. Inmate advocates said he shouldn’t have been behind bars.
    parole
  10. public housing

    No Masks for NYCHA Staffers Working in Tenant Apartments

    Building managers report coronavirus is taking a toll in absences, illnesses and worse in a housing system where 20% of residents are 62 or older.
    public housing
  11. follow the curve

    Early Signs New NYC Coronavirus Infections May Be Slowing

    The pace of new infections confirmed by testing has lost speed since lockdowns — but we may not have seen the worst of the crisis, officials say.
    follow the curve
  12. coronavirus

    How to Get Food in New York Right Now — And How to Help Feed

    We’ve compiled resources on how to stay fed if you’re low on cash, homebound — or trying to keep safe while getting takeout.
    coronavirus
  13. transit

    Bridge and Tunnel Traffic Plunge Takes a Toll on MTA Budget

    Traffic plummeted 63% over the previous year in the first week of Gov. Cuomo’s New York “pause.” That also means a revenue hit for subways and buses.
    transit
  14. schools

    NYC Schools Switch Remote Learning Platform Over Zoom Bombs

    Chalkbeat
    It’s back to the (virtual) drawing board: Department of Education scraps video conferencing service due to “Zoombombing” and turns to Microsoft Teams.
    schools
  15. health

    Bronx Residents Twice as Likely to Die From COVID-19 in NYC

    People in the borough ranked last in state on diabetes, asthma and more are at highest risk of succumbing to coronavirus illness, city stats show.
    health
  16. coronavirus

    State Prisoners Punished for Wearing Masks as City Jails OK Them

    Two people behind bars in separate upstate facilities were cited for wearing makeshift masks. Meanwhile, now everyone will get them at Rikers Island.
    coronavirus
  17. building immunity

    Affordable Housing, Transit Projects Plow on in Coronavirus Pause

    Construction workers decide between a paycheck and exposure to illness as developers weigh liability concerns for anyone who gets sick on the job.
    building immunity
  18. the price is wrong

    In Desperation, New York Pays Up to 15 Times Normal Prices for Medical Equipment

    ProPublica
    State data shows that New York is paying enormous markups for vital supplies, including almost $250,000 for an X-ray machine.
    the price is wrong
  19. transit

    Subway Graffiti Memorial Commemorates Train Operator Killed in Suspected Arson

    Garrett Goble, who died after evacuating passengers, inspires spray paint hit on No. 4 line car in The Bronx.
    transit
  20. work

    Environmental Protection Workers Told to Return to Office After Colleague Dies

    Staffers at the city environmental agency’s Queens HQ say they believe their lives are in danger after eight employee coronavirus cases — one fatal.
    work
  21. homelessness

    A Lonely Life for the Isolated Residents of the City’s Coronavirus Hotels

    “Nobody’s in the hallways. Nobody’s talking. Nobody will come into the room,” says a homeless woman quarantined at a Queens hotel.
    homelessness
  22. immigration

    Man Detained by ICE in Violent Brooklyn Raid Is Free Pending Deportation Hearing

    Gaspar Avendaño-Hernández was the target of a raid in which his girlfriend’s son was shot. A federal judge has released him on coronavirus concerns.
    immigration
  23. paramedics

    First Responder Worried About Her EMS Friend Now Also Hospitalized

    FDNY paramedic battles pneumonia as her pal remains in ICU. “I am extremely tired,” Sherry Singleton texted from her hospital bed.
    paramedics
  24. work

    Worried Cleaners Take Front Line Positions in Fight Against Virus

    With jobs disappearing and money tight, cleaners are braving exposure to the coronavirus to feed their families.
    work
  25. education

    How NYC Parents are Working to Keep Their Kids Socializing

    Chalkbeat
    Goodbye playgrounds, hello virtual debate and book clubs: Zoom meetings offer those on the connected side of the digital divide a welcome distraction.
    education
  26. covid-19

    Queens Neighborhoods Hardest Hit by Virus Home to Many Service Workers

    Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst — home to many New Yorkers keeping the city going amid pause — record biggest concentration of cases, stats show.
    covid-19
  27. transit

    MTA Employee Virus Hotline Bolstered After Crush of Calls

    Transit agency brings in 200 more operators. But subway and bus workers say their coronavirus concerns aren’t being followed up on quickly enough.
    transit
  28. shelter

    Cast Adrift by the Virus, the Newly Homeless Seek a Place to Recover

    Ejection of people with COVID-19 into the streets echoes 1980s AIDS crisis, advocates say. Meanwhile, the city struggles to find them space to heal.
    shelter
  29. clean break

    ‘Essential’ Laundromats Under Strain as NYC’s Wash Culture Shifts

    Laundries are closing or cutting hours. Workers are falling ill. And New Yorkers without washers are learning how to clean clothes during an outbreak.
    clean break
  30. prisons

    Call for Cuomo to Free Ailing Prisoners as Virus Spreads

    Legal Aid lawyers cite a handful of vulnerable, inmates dealing with cancer, diabetes and more as prime candidates for immediate release.
    prisons
  31. coronavirus

    Hospitals Leave Some Patients Who Don’t Speak English Without Proper Care

    ProPublica
    Even in normal times, those whose first language isn’t English often have worse health outcomes and can struggle to gain access to interpreters.
    coronavirus
  32. work

    Construction on City Hospital Back Offices Goes On After Cuomo Work Halt

    New Manhattan administrative space for New York City Health + Hospitals has been deemed an “essential” exception to the governor’s “pause” order.
    work
  33. homelessness

    Too Close for Comfort Inside NYC’s Biggest Homeless Shelter

    Coronavirus cases grow in shelters across the city where most guards still don’t have masks. The 30th Street Men’s Shelter offers a troubling picture.
    homelessness
  34. work

    Civil Servants Seek Line-of-Duty Death Benefits for Coronavirus Cases

    Fight evoking 9/11 first responders’ health battle begins to get enhanced pension payouts for families of a wide range of workers felled by COVID-19.
    work
  35. need to know

    April’s Rent Is Due But I’ve Lost Income. What Are My Options?

    New York has an eviction moratorium, but what does that mean for paying rent? And what’s this talk about a freeze? Here’s what tenants need to know.
    need to know
  36. juvenile justice

    Mayor Hails Releases From Juvenile Detention, Yet Most Remain as Virus Hits

    Big reductions in youth facility populations announced by de Blasio apply only to lowest-level offenders, even as kids contract coronavirus.
    juvenile justice
  37. transit

    MTA’s Pandemic Preparations Not Running as Planned, Union Charges

    The transit agency’s 2012 disaster plan, obtained by THE CITY, calls for stockpiles of gloves, masks and wipes that workers say they’re not getting.
    transit
  38. education

    CUNY Online Learning Scramble Heightens Stress for Students and Faculty

    Classes delayed a second time as colleges hand out up to 30,000 laptops to students who lack the tech to participate in remote learning.
    education
  39. health

    Lysoling the Doorbell: NYC Home Health Aides Take No Chances

    Wiping door knobs. Dressing “like a Martian.” Those are some of the steps workers are taking to make sure they and their elderly clients stay safe.
    health
  40. helping hands

    How Can I Donate Supplies to New York Hospitals in Need?

    New Yorkers with masks, gloves and other equipment reached out to us for guidance on how to get them to medical workers. Here’s what we learned.
    helping hands
  41. work

    In a Hungry City on Pause, Grocery Workers Take Stock and Press On

    Employee shortages, long lines and lots of Lysol are signs of changing times for the essential staffers at one Queens grocery store.
    work
  42. health

    New York Nursing Homes Struggle to Defend Against Coronavirus

    Sick and elderly people in group residences make up 15% of NYS COVID-19 deaths — yet those who care for them are short on tests and protective gear.
    health
  43. homelessness

    No Virus Tracking for Homeless People on Streets and Subways

    Four people who live outside of shelters tested positive for coronavirus after visiting drop-in centers. But no one is keeping tabs on 3,200 others.
    homelessness
  44. elections

    Election Punt to June Leaves Candidates for Vacant Political Seats Seeking Grip

    Cuomo order postpones Brooklyn City Council election to June 23 while the contest for Queens borough president remains up in the air.
    elections
  45. families

    State Says Hospitals Must Allow One Support Person in for Childbirth

    New policy counters some medical centers’ refusal to allow even family members to be present as coronavirus precaution.
    families
  46. faq

    New Yorkers’ Coronavirus Questions, Answered by THE CITY

    Do I have to pay rent? Are homemade masks helpful? What’s up with the federal stimulus? We tackle readers’ questions on getting through the pandemic.
    faq
  47. pitching in

    Help THE CITY Report on Coronavirus While New York is on PAUSE

    Send us your tips, questions and experiences on everything from health care battles to navigating daily life. Your input will help drive our coverage.
    pitching in
  48. health

    Hospitals Nearing ICU Bed Limits as COVID-19 Surges in NYC

    New York City is in a race against time to set up enough beds for the sickest coronavirus patients. As of Thursday, 307 ICU beds were available.
    health
  49. health

    Three Out of Four Young NYC Coronavirus Fatalities Had Medical Conditions

    Some 20 New Yorkers under 45 have died of COVID-19. Fifteen of them had pre-existing health woes. The rates of pre-existing conditions rises with age.
    health
  50. transit

    Motorman’s Death in Subway Fire Adds to Transit Worker Fears

    Coronavirus deaths of two MTA employees, increasingly desolate stations amid a ridership plunge and people on the tracks are rattling train workers.
    transit
  51. schools

    Cable Companies Relent After Pulling Internet Plug on Some Students

    Chalkbeat
    Spectrum and Optimum will allow families with past unpaid bills to get free service so kids can join remote learning, following Chalkbeat report.
    schools
  52. work

    Cuomo Calls Off ‘Non-Essential’ Construction Statewide

    After outcry from workers and job sites impacted by coronavirus, governor nixes most residential and commercial building projects in New York.
    work
  53. life

    Neighborhood on Edge Surrounds Elmhurst Hospital at Center of Surge

    For those who live near the city-run medical center wracked by coronavirus deaths in the borough with the most cases, anxiety is in the air.
    life
  54. health

    New Yorkers Flock to ERs Despite Urgent Warnings to Stay Away Even if Sick

    City health statistics show a sixfold surge of emergency room visits for residents of Elmhurst, Sunset Park and the eastern Bronx.
    health
  55. schools

    Mayor Slams Cable Companies for Denying Some Students Free Internet

    Chalkbeat
    Providers offered service to help low-income students get in on remote learning. But they pulled the plug on some over past unpaid bills.
    schools
  56. food insecurity

    Plan in Works to Expand Free NYC School Meals to Adults, Too

    With demand among students lower than expected, de Blasio eyes giving out food to others for the asking. But food workers are demanding protection.
    food insecurity
  57. work

    NYC Paramedic Battles ‘Paranoia and Anxiety’ as Coworker Fights COVID in ICU

    FDNY EMS responder Sherry Singleton works long hours aiding coronavirus patients as work friend Christell Cadet battles for her life on a ventilator.
    work
  58. expecting changes

    Home Births in Demand as Hospitals Shut Partners Out of NYC Delivery Rooms

    As hospitals limit who can be with delivering mothers to curb coronavirus spread, some families approaching due dates look to midwives and doulas.
    expecting changes
  59. overcrowding

    Subway Workers Say They’re Packed Too Tight in Terminal Break Rooms

    New York City Transit employees are having a tough time staying the recommended six feet away from each other in terminal common areas.
    overcrowding
  60. isolation

    New York City Shuttles Homeless and Other Virus Patients to Hotels

    Officials line up 500 rooms to isolate shelter residents and public hospital patients with nowhere to go. But hotel workers won’t get masks.
    isolation
  61. juvenile justice

    Teens Sue to Exit Detention Centers As Coronavirus Closes In

    Legal Aid demands release of juvenile delinquents in face of “risk of serious medical harm,” saying social isolation is “effectively impossible.”
    juvenile justice
  62. immigrants

    ICE Raids Continue in Staten Island Despite Global Pandemic

    As New York City shuts down in almost every other way, federal immigration enforcement officials are still picking people up.
    immigrants
  63. health

    Queens Public Hospital at ‘Center of Crisis’ as Coronavirus Deaths Mount

    Two dozen doctors and nurses were added Wednesday after a spike in COVID-19 deaths at Elmhurst Hospital, which has been deluged with patients.
    health
  64. helping hands

    To Fight Mask Shortage, Motorcycle Fleet Rolls Donations to Doctors

    The New York chapter of Masks for Docs is up and running. Their first mission brought in a cache of safety supplies from Montauk.
    helping hands
  65. sudden move

    CUNY Students Pushed Out of Dorms for Emergency Medical Space

    Students are being kicked out at CSI, Hunter and City colleges to make way for “medical emergency centers” in the fight against coronavirus.
    sudden move
  66. coronavirus

    Frontline NYC Medical Staffers Describe Daily Battle at Struggling Hospitals

    They’re scrambling to make do with shrinking resources as the patient apex nears. “I am most worried I will get sick and die,” one Bronx doctor said.
    coronavirus
  67. lonely city

    ‘I Just Need a Hug’: How Solo New Yorkers Survive Self-Isolation

    We talked to three folks who live alone — and grapple in different ways with “social distancing” as they prepare for extended stays indoors.
    lonely city
  68. visas

    Immigration Change Leaves Language School Students in Limbo Amid Crisis

    The LISMA school lost a key federal certification, putting visa-holders at risk. Now, students are scrambling as city shuts down for coronavirus.
    visas
  69. work

    Brooklyn Cable Guy’s Diagnosis Raises Worry Virus Is One House Call Away

    Infected Optimum technician said he “didn’t feel safe” entering customers’ homes. Workers are calling on their companies to increase safety measures.
    work
  70. worker safety

    Construction Workers Still on Job Amid Coronavirus Concerns

    Cuomo deems construction an “essential” trade. But some laborers said they fear for their health when a positive test isn’t enough to shut a jobsite.
    worker safety
  71. collective action

    Court’s Halt on Filings Gives Partial Reprieve on New York Debt Collection

    Advocates have called for a moratorium during the COVID-19 outbreak. The state courts and a debt purchasing trade group are offering some relief.
    collective action
  72. transit

    NYC Bus Drivers Fighting for Protective Masks From MTA

    The transit agency won’t provide the respirator masks it has to its bus operators yet, saying it is waiting to see if the state needs them elsewhere.
    transit
  73. jails

    Rikers Inmates Pepper Sprayed for Demanding Medical Care, Sources Say

    Unrest growing behind bars as inmates say their health is being put in jeopardy by crowding potential coronavirus cases with general population.
    jails
  74. health

    NYC Hospitals Send Homeless Who Have Coronavirus to Shelters

    At least one person who tested positive has been funneled to the city shelter system amid spiking cases and scramble to create more isolation spaces.
    health
  75. slowdown

    Coronavirus Causing ‘Financial Calamity’ for MTA as Ridership Plummets

    The MTA and elected officials are looking for a multi-billion dollar government bailout as subways turn into ghost trains with NYC all-but shut down.
    slowdown
  76. overcrowding

    A High-Stakes Race to Help NYC’s Homeless as Coronavirus Spreads

    The city is scrambling to open new drop-in centers, create quarantine spaces at shelters and buy thermometers to screen clients as shelter cases rise.
    overcrowding
  77. hospitals

    One in Four NYC Hospital Coronavirus Patients Is Under Age 50

    Medical staff see wave of people in 20s and 30s seriously afflicted by coronavirus. Meanwhile, most of the fatalities so far are over 65 and male.
    hospitals
  78. education

    Many NYC Public School Students Still Without Computers as Remote Classes Start

    Chalkbeat
    Education Dept. officials acknowledged that it could take weeks before all kids have the technology needed to communicate with their teachers.
    education
  79. collective action

    Creditors Are Still Calling in People’s Debts. Advocates Beg Cuomo: Stop Them

    Lenders are going after consumer and business borrowers through New York’s courts as virus crisis worsens. Now activists are demanding a moratorium.
    collective action
  80. juvenile justice

    Three Juvenile Detention Staff Test Positive for COVID-19, But No Teens Released

    Ex-commissioners demand release of youth held at two city centers: “We should be sending kids home”
    juvenile justice
  81. coronavirus

    Letter Carriers Balk at Entering Brooklyn Post Office Over Coronavirus

    After a supervisor in Williamsburg tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Postal Service workers decided to pick up deliveries outside.
    coronavirus
  82. hospitals

    Trained Operators for Coronavirus Patient Ventilators Scarce in New York

    Fewer breathing machine therapists and technicians than in all but one state in the U.S. as a share of population — “we just don’t have enough.”
    hospitals
  83. health

    Still No Virus Test for Brooklyn Doctor, But Clearance to Work

    City tells physician he probably has coronavirus, but is no longer contagious. Meanwhile, a Queens doctor is reported hospitalized with COVID-19.
    health
  84. food

    Hunts Point Market Suppliers Reeling From Restaurant Falloff

    The Bronx-based regional food hub has plenty of product, but mass layoffs are likely at distributors that rely on selling to eateries.
    food
  85. coronavirus

    Little Relief for Jails’ Most Vulnerable as Pandemic Grows

    “A storm is coming,” a top jails doctor warns amid calls to release older and ailing inmates — including those held on parole violations
    coronavirus
  86. health

    Here’s How NYC Residents Can Get Tested For Coronavirus on Staten Island

    Drive-through tents at South Beach Psychiatric Center can accommodate ‘hundreds,’ state officials say.
    health
  87. transit

    MTA Rethinking Plan to Slash 2,700 Transit Agency Jobs Amid Virus Crisis

    The MTA’s “Transformation Plan” was billed as needed to make the subway, bus and rail operation more efficient — but coronavirus has complicated that.
    transit
  88. hospital beds

    Brooklyn Hospitals’ Planned Shrinkage Paused to Tackle Coronavirus

    Cuts averted at Crown Heights facility as services boosted at nearby hospital amid looming shortage of ICU beds, ventilators and medical staff.
    hospital beds
  89. public safety

    FDNY Shifts Schedules, Graduates Class Early to Battle Coronavirus

    As ranks of quarantined firefighters and EMTs rise, the Fire Department is using 24-hour shifts with the same group to limit risk of cross-infection.
    public safety
  90. health

    Ailing Brooklyn Doctor Desperately Seeking Coronavirus Test

    “I could end up being the vector,” said the physician, whose case underscores the limits of testing capability as the virus spreads in the city.
    health
  91. retail ripoff

    NYC Store Owners Say Suppliers Fuel Disinfectant Price Gouging

    Receipts from retailers show suppliers have jacked prices for cleaning products amid coronavirus fight. That’s illegal under consumer protection law.
    retail ripoff
  92. health

    As Symptoms Spread, Hasidic Leaders Sound the Alarm: ‘A Fire Is Burning’

    Many Brooklyn yeshivas have closed, but some synagogues are open. A rabbinical court told seniors to stay home. But some reportedly are already sick.
    health
  93. homelessness

    First NYC Homeless Shelter Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus

    The woman’s dorm-mates have been placed into quarantine as New York City officials grapple with how to contain outbreaks in a packed shelter system.
    homelessness
  94. social distancing

    City Welfare Agency Pivots to Online Contact, While Applicants Show Up Unaware

    Needy New Yorkers keep seeking aid in person while coronavirus rages — including inside city Department of Social Services offices.
    social distancing
  95. worker safety

    Construction Forges Ahead in the City Despite Virus Threat

    Calls for a shutdown to alleviate coronavirus and a protective mask shortage highlight risks to nonunion and undocumented workers.
    worker safety
  96. transit

    NYC Subway and Bus Workers Demand Coronavirus Testing for Suspected Cases

    “We are on the front lines,” says union, which wants the MTA to arrange testing for any transit employee identified as “presumptively positive.”
    transit
  97. testing patience

    Kids and Parents at Bronx Schools Hit by Coronavirus Wait Anxiously for Guidance

    Days after a teacher tested positive, there’s still no word to families on what they should do now that class is dismissed for at least five weeks.
    testing patience
  98. driven out

    In a City Turned Upside Down, Alternate-Side Parking Rules Haven’t Budged

    Drivers emerge en masse from coronavirus seclusion to keep moving cars for street sweepers. Some Council members are calling for a suspension.
    driven out
  99. justice

    Defenders Plead for ‘Intimate’ Rikers Parole Hearings to Go to Video

    The parole process was chaos on Rikers Island Monday as defense attorneys refused to attend hearings they feared were ripe for spreading coronavirus.
    justice
  100. out of step

    A St. Patrick’s Day Without an NYC Parade as Coronavirus Hits Tradition

    The first postponement in the New York City event’s 258-year history left everyone from longtime participants to merchants to street vendors reeling.
    out of step