New York City Records No New Confirmed Coronavirus Deaths for the First Time Since March

The first COVID-19-related death in the city was on March 11. 

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New York City hit a milestone in the fight against coronavirus this week, recording no new deaths for the first time since March, according to the city’s data.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recorded no new confirmed deaths on June 4, the first time that has happened since March 14. The first COVID-19-related death in the city was on March 11 and at its peak in April, the city recorded as many as 590 deaths in a single day.

“In the face of extraordinary challenges, New Yorkers have gone above and beyond to keep each other safe throughout the crisis,” a City Hall spokeswoman told The New York Post. "With hope on the horizon, we will continue to do everything we can to reopen safely without losing sight of the progress we’ve made,”

While the milestone is certainly something to celebrate — New York has been the hardest hit state in the country when it comes to the virus with the city being an epicenter — the Daily News noted it is possible three deaths on June 3 recorded as having a “probable” connection to COVID-19 could later be confirmed.

In total, the city has since recorded more than 16,900 lab-confirmed deaths from the virus and another 4,760 deaths that were likely caused by the coronavirus but not confirmed in a lab.

On Wednesday, the city recorded 27 new confirmed cases of the virus, according to the data.

New York as a whole has recorded more than 375,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the state’s Department of Health, more than 200,000 of which have occurred in the city.

The numbers come as New York City prepares to enter Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan on June 8, allowing for curbside pickup from retailers and resuming nonessential construction. If that goes well, the city will be allowed to enter Phase 2, in which outdoor dining at restaurants is allowed along with the reopening of services like hair and nail salons.

Parts of upstate New York have already met the criteria to enter Phase 2.

The city — and the state — may be slowly reopening, but face masks are still required to be worn in crowded spaces, like the subway, when social distancing is not possible.

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