Remembering the New Yorkers We’ve Lost to COVID‑19
Read the stories of some who died from the coronavirus — and help THE CITY tell the stories of thousands more.
The coronavirus has killed more than 23,000 New Yorkers so far. But their loss is incalculable. This is a space to remember and honor every person who died — who they were and what they meant to this city.
Below are the New Yorkers whose stories we’ve found so far (you can view our methodology below). This memorial has 1,791 of the 23,792 confirmed and probable deaths. That’s 7.5%.
We have a long way to go to remember everyone. The names and photographs you see here represent just a small portion of the New Yorkers who have died. Obituary pages are missing names and stories, especially among members of the city’s black and Latino communities, which have been impacted at disproportionately high rates.
We need your help to tell the story of every New Yorker whose life was cut short because of the coronavirus.
If you’ve lost someone due to the coronavirus and would like them memorialized, we want to talk to you.
THE CITY, Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center, Columbia Journalism Investigations and The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York are attempting to gather lists and memorialize every New York City death due to COVID-19.
Publicly identified deaths due to complications of the novel coronavirus have been included here from the following sources:
Contributions from victims’ families and confirmed by an immediate family member or next of kin
Staff reports from news organizations, including The New York Times (“Those We’ve Lost to the Coronavirus”), New York 1/Spectrum News ("Lives Lost"), New York Post, New York Daily News, Patch and others
Paid obituaries from Legacy.com and local news publications
Announcements from victims’ private and public-sector employers and unions, such as the United Federation of Teachers and the New York City Central Labor Council
Official releases from city and state agencies, including the New York City Police Department, the Fire Department of New York and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Individuals are only included in the memorial after researchers have confirmed their death with a third party, such as a news organization or city agency, and directly tied the cause as COVID-19-related. The verification process checks some victim details, such as last known address and age, using New York City voter registration data and other sources. Other details, such as the date of a victim’s death and underlying health conditions, are typically provided by the family and have not been independently confirmed.
Research, reporting and editing by Caitlin Antonios, Ann Choi, Keith Cousins, Frank DiFiore, Yoav Gonen, Arusha Kelkar, Derek Kravitz, Caroline Leddy, Beatriz Muyalert, Veronica Penney, Luca Powell, Terry Parris Jr., Elizabeth Picciani, Michaela Román, Dean Russell, Rosa Schwartzburg, Kanak Mahip Singh, Anjali Tsui, Ivan Ugalde, Rebekah Ward, Will Welch and Qiaoge Zhu