Brooklyn ZIP code 11239 in East New York City is the hardest-hit neighborhood in the hardest-hit city in the hardest-hit country in the world. It has faced the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per capita in the city, new Department of Health data shows.
Across New York City, COVID-19 has infected 200,000 and killed over 20,000 people. This translates to 2.36 per cent of the population infected and 0.24 per cent dying.
Brooklyn 11239, however, is home to the low and medium income housing complex Spring Creek (formerly Starrett City). The neighborhood also has one of the highest proportion of elderly residents in New York City.
These factors combined contributed to Brooklyn 11239 having the highest death rate in New York City.
A total of 485 people have been infected with COVID-19 and 76 people have died, out of a community of 13,000.
This translates to 3.9 per cent of the population infected and 0.61 per cent of the population dying. Brooklyn 11239 also has one of the highest COVID-19 mortality rates in the country with 15.67 per cent of the infected dying.
Areas around Lower Manhattan revealed the lowest death rates at 0 cases per 100,000, affirming the power of wealth and affluence in skirting the disease. The data confirmed the direct correlation between poverty and cases, hospitalizations and deaths, with cases ticking higher as financial circumstances worsen.