The COVID Crisis: Harlem NYCHA Development Tops System In Coronavirus Deaths

May 19, 2020

Harlem public housing development has suffered more coronavirus deaths than any other New York City Housing Authority development throughout the city, according to new data released by the city Monday.

With at least 22 total coronavirus deaths — those with confirmed tests and probable cases — Harlem’s Ulysses S. Grant Houses has lost more residents to the virus than any other public housing development in the city. Brooklyn’s Marcy Houses and The Bronx’s Bronx River Houses both recorded 21 total coronavirus deaths, according to city-data.

Other Harlem public housing developments such as the Saint Nicholas Houses (15 total deaths), Johnson Houses (12), and Carver Houses (10) also recorded double-digit coronavirus deaths, according to city-data.

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In NYCHA developments across the city there have been 943 confirmed coronavirus deaths and another 298 probable deaths, city officials said. The numbers for the city as a whole are 15,983 confirmed deaths and 4,823 probable deaths as of Monday. The city Health Department released coronavirus death rates by zip code for the first time Monday.

Data released by the city on Monday does not show the full effects of coronavirus on a number of developments throughout the city. Instead of real numbers, many developments were labeled with an asterisk meaning “less than five” deaths, according to a health department spokesman. City officials declined to release specific low death numbers because of “privacy protections,” the spokesman said.

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