Coronavirus in New York City

Since March 2020, THE CITY has been tracking COVID-19 in New York City. As the course of the virus — and the city’s response to it — have changed, so has what this database covers. Read more about how.

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Snapshot

187 13% patients hospitalized with COVID
60% drop in COVID levels found in wastewater

Wastewater Surveillance

The city tests wastewater from our sewage system and measures the amount of COVID-19 genetic material in it. Experts use trends in this data to estimate changes in COVID-19 cases.

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COVID-19 Detection in NYC Wastewater

  • Avg. COVID-19 levels found across all 14 wastewater treatment plants

The city tests wastewater at 14 treatment plants around the city, which can point to larger trends in COVID-19 infections across boroughs.

NYC Sewer Systems With Increasing Levels of COVID-19 in Their Wastewater

Hospitalizations

COVID-19 hospitalizations show the total number of patients currently treated by NYC hospitals who have tested positive for COVID.

Some people hospitalized with COVID were initially admitted for other reasons. Starting in January 2022, New York began reporting the number of people admitted due to COVID or complications of COVID, shown as "admitted for COVID" below.

As of October 2023, New York State no longer keeps accurate record of how many COVID patients are in intensive care units (ICUs).

COVID hospital patients by reason for admission

  • Admitted for COVID
  • Admitted for other

Deaths

Deaths in NYC by date of death

  • Confirmed and probable deaths
  • Incomplete

PANDEMIC RECOVERY TRACKER: Subway Ridership

Subway ridership fell by more than 90% during the start of the pandemic. Three years later, it has yet to reach pre-pandemic levels, though it has gotten closer.

Vaccinations (Through September 2023)

This data shows what share of New Yorkers received COVID vaccines and boosters, compared to New York City's population of 8.3 million in 2019, the year city health officials use for their measurements.

As of October 2023, New York State no longer publishes data on COVID vaccines.

7,574,349 NYC residents vaccinated with at least one dose
6,761,968 NYC residents vaccinated with both primary doses
4,715,418 NYC residents received an additional shot

Hospitalizations by vaccination status

7-day averages as of

Hospitalizations per 100k vaccinated people 0.4
Hospitalizations per 100k unvaccinated people 3.7

History of Cases (Through August 2023)

This data shows the historical rise and fall of COVID-19 cases officially documented by the city. Cases were reported to the city are not tracked here, so this is an undercount of total cases.

As of September 2023, New York State no longer tracks data on day-to-day COVID-19 cases.

Also, given lack of testing, health experts no longer consider the number of Covid tests, or test positivity rate, as accurate data points in tracking the virus.

Cases by day in NYC, March 2020 to August 2023

Totals by Region

Borough Cases Deaths
Brooklyn 926,931 14,558
Queens 879,664 13,844
Manhattan 599,377 6,389
The Bronx 520,477 8,719
Staten Island 214,153 2,825
Cases Deaths Vaccinated
New York City 3,140,602 46,335 7,574,349
New York State 6,794,738 77,157 18,427,712
United States 103,804,263 1,123,836 270,227,181

Additional reporting and development by Ann Choi, Josefa Velasquez, Sujin Shin, Yoav Gonen and Will Welch.