Number zero has never looked better in New York.
Saturday July 11 marked the first time in four months that no deaths related to COVID-19 had been recorded in New York, according to preliminary data from the New York Department of Health.
No official deaths related to COVID-19 were reported on July 10, but the Ministry of Health is investigating two deaths probably linked to the global pandemic which has sickened more than 3 million people and killed more than 130,000. than in the United States.
This is in stark contrast to the current state of the pandemic in the Union, where the virus is out of control. Florida reported more than 15,000 cases on Sunday on July 11, exceeding the total of one-day confirmed infections New York State recorded in April.
The first death reported by COVID-19 in New York occurred on March 13, when an 82-year-old woman died of her complications at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, on the border between Ridgewood and Bushwick.
It started one of the most tragic times in New York history, when the death toll from COVID-19 soared all over the city in the weeks that followed. The medical workers worked hard to save as many lives as they could, risking their own – and some of them made the ultimate sacrifice.
The virus peaked in early April with horrible consequences; over a nine-day period between April 5 and April 13 alone, the city reported more than 500 deaths from illness each day.
The morgues quickly filled up with victims of the virus, to the point that medical centers had to use refrigerated trucks parked outside their facilities to store the dead until families recovered the bodies.
But after reaching its peak in early April, the number of cases began to drop, as capacity restrictions, social distancing and mask-wearing orders came into effect in the city. The number of infections would gradually decrease in the weeks that followed, and this allowed New York to finally start reopening in phases in early June.
As of July 12, there had been 18,670 confirmed illness-related deaths out of 215,924 infections in New York. An additional 4,613 deaths from the virus are currently under investigation.
This story first appeared on amny.com.