Coronavirus count: Nearly 15,000 cases in New York City, Queens has the most

Medical equipment is seen inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan
Medical equipment is seen inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the site will be partially converted into a hospital for patients affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

More than 13,000 New Yorkers now have the coronavirus, according to statistics that the city released Monday night.

As of 10 a.m. March 24, the Mayor’s office reported, there were 14,776 coronavirus patients citywide. Queens has the most cases of any borough, with 4,364. Brooklyn is close behind with 4,237, followed by Manhattan with 2,887, the Bronx with 2,328 and Staten Island with 935.

At least 2,213 of the patients have been hospitalized, which amounts to a hospitalization rate of about 16.8%. Of those hospitalized, at least 525 coronavirus patients are in intensive care.

There have been 131 fatalities related to the illness across the city.

The situation will only get worse before it improves, city and state officials have said. On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City would receive 400 life-saving ventilators from the federal government to treat coronavirus patients. The city, however, needs 15,000 more devices to meet the expected need.

Other essential medical supplies for New York City health care professionals — such as N95 masks and protective gear — could be exhausted within a week’s time if the federal government doesn’t spring into action quickly, de Blasio added.

Negotiations continue on a $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill that was stymied by partisan politics in the Senate on Monday.

This story was updated at 12:07 p.m. on March 24.