May 26, 2020 By Allie Griffin
New Yorkers are still being hospitalized with COVID-19 in large numbers, with a significant number of them living in three hard-hit areas of Queens.
Governor Andrew Cuomo released a list today of the top 10 neighborhoods/zipcodes where the newly-admitted COVID-19 patients live. Among the top 10 zip codes for hospitalizations over the last seven days, three are in Queens.
The neighborhood that accounted for the most new hospitalizations over the past seven days is in the Bronx. The 10467 zip code accounted for 100 new hospitalizations.
Two Queens neighborhoods, Far Rockaway and Corona, ranked second and third respectively, while Elmhurst came in eighth.
There were 95 residents of Far Rockaway who were admitted into hospital for COVID-19 in the past seven days. Meanwhile, that number was 86 in Corona and 69 in neighboring Elmhurst.
The state identified the zip codes and compiled the list as it looks to identify areas where it needs to deploy resources.
Cuomo noted that the neighborhoods on the top ten list are predominantly minority and low income communities.
“We’re going to focus on those zip codes, we’re going to focus on those communities… and that will really bring the numbers down in New York City,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing today.
The move comes as the state focuses its coronavirus response efforts on New York City — now that it’s the only region in New York State which is not yet ready to reopen.
The mid-Hudson region began reopening today and Long Island begins its reopening process tomorrow.