NYC emergency room visits are increasing possibly due to COVID-19

NYC emergency rooms are being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. New York City Department of Health data shows a sharp increase in emergency room visits due to influenza-like illness (ILI).

As of Friday, ILI visits in NYC were up 403% compared to the same day last year.

This trend is evident across all New York City boroughs.

Queens is the biggest driver with a 445% increase in ILI emergency room visits over 2019, followed by the Manhattan at 403%, Bronx at 394%, Brooklyn at 367%, and Staten Island at 147%.

This trend of started on March 1st when the first case of COVID-19 was reported in New York City. Since then, the epidemic has swept across the country and total cases in New York City have ballooned to over 25,000 as of March 27th.

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Source: New York City Department of Health

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