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Three Out of Four Young NYC Coronavirus Fatalities Had Medical Conditions

People wait to be pre-screened for the coronavirus outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center.
People wait to be pre-screened for the coronavirus outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center, March 20, 2019.
Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

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Three out of four New York City coronavirus patients younger than 45 killed by coronavirus had pre-existing health conditions, new data released Friday night by the city Health Department shows.

Some 450 New Yorkers had succumbed to COVID-19 as of 4 p.m. Friday. Nearly half of them — 216 — were 75 or older.

The under-45 fatalities represent 20 people, 15 of whom had pre-existing conditions.

As of early Friday, the vast majority of the 366 who had died by that point — 97% — had some sort of “underlying illness” that compromised their immune system, officials said.

The city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene listed such widespread conditions as diabetes, lung disease, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, kidney and liver disease.

THE CITY and other news organizations have repeatedly asked for detailed information from health officials, seeking a breakdown in patient demographics and pre-existing conditions.

While the data released late Friday fell short of the level of specificity requested by THE CITY, the statistics revealed:

• About 76% of people 45 through 65 who have died had pre-existing conditions. That age group represents 104 patients.

• Some 81% of people 65 through 74 who have died had pre-existing conditions. That age group represents 110 patients.

• Some 86% of those 75 and older who have died had pre-existing medical conditions. That age group represents about 216 patients — or about 45% of all of the 450 COVID-19 patients who have died as of Friday afternoon.

The city faces a tsunami of COVID-19 patients, growing from one on March 1 to more than 26,000 by Friday. For the latest numbers on hospitalization, deaths and more, see THE CITY’s Coronavirus in New York City tracker.

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