Coronavirus in NYC: More than 23,000 infections, another 85 deaths in 24 hours

An emergency medical technician carries equipment near where people are waiting to be tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in the Queens borough of New York City, U.S., March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Stefan Jeremiah

Another 85 New Yorkers died from complications of coronavirus over the last 24 hours, according to figures the city’s Health Department released Thursday night.

As of 5 p.m. on March 26, the city had approximately 23,112 positive cases. Nearly a third of the positive cases were found in Queens, with 7,362 patients. Brooklyn has 6,095 cases, followed by the Bronx with 4,243, Manhattan with 4,046 and Staten Island with 1,330.

Approximately 4,720 patients have been hospitalized as a result of the virus, the Health Department noted. The death toll, which spiked on Wednesday to 280, has risen by 85 to 365.

More than half of the hospitalizations involve seniors who are 75 and older, but most of the positive coronavirus cases citywide are individuals between 18 and 44 years of age. That demographic makes up 44% of all positive diagnoses in the city.

Ninety-seven percent of the 365 people who’ve died of coronavirus had an underlying illness, according to the city’s Health Department.

This story was updated on March 26 at 8:40 p.m.

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