The COVID-19 death toll in New York City has hit 22, with 3,615 positive cases of coronavirus in NYC, more than half of the state total.
The hardest-hit boroughs are Brooklyn, with 1030 cases; Queens, with 980 cases; and Manhattan, with 976 patients. Rounding out the cases are 436 in the Bronx and 165 on Staten Island.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, there were 554 people hospitalized with 169 of those people in the ICU.
Earlier Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that more than half of the total positive cases are in New York City.
Meantime, an Amazon worker at a delivery station in Queens has tested positive, while New York City's first drive-thru mobile testing facility opens Thursday on Staten Island by appointment only.
New Jersey state officials confirmed another four deaths related to complications from coronavirus Thursday, as cases statewide continued their steep climb, up by 318 to 742, Gov. Phil Murphy said.
The new deaths include a Bergen County man in his 30s, said Judith Persichilli, the state health commissioner. The other new deaths include an Essex County man in his 60s, a Monmouth County woman in her 70s, and an Ocean County man in his 70s.
Nine people have now died from coronavirus complications in New Jersey. Three of those were residents of two long term care facilities, one in Essex County and one in Hudson County, Persichilli said. Visitors to long term care facilities in the state have been prohibited, she said, except for end-of-life situations.
Bergen County continues to be the virus epicenter for the state, with 195 cases, a jump of 81 on Thursday. Middlesex County has 64 cases, Essex County has 63, Hudson has 55, Monmouth has 43 and Passaic has 38. Ocean County now has 33 cases, with 25 new ones Thursday. All but two of New Jersey's 21 counties now have cases. The numbers have been spiking as testing increases.
While health officials say those at greatest risk from the virus are people over 60 years old with underlying medical conditions, the youngest case so far in New Jersey is a 3-year-old. The oldest is 95.
Murphy emphasized that young people should abide by efforts at social distancing. "Young people are getting a little more sick from this than it looked a week ago," he said.
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