Most new COVID-19 patients in NY not working, older: survey

Luis Hidalgo, right, watches as Joel Rios installs a plastic barrier in his car to protect himself and his passengers from the new coronavirus in the Bronx borough of New York, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Hidalgo, who drives sometimes for Uber, said he has not worked for two months for fear of the coronavirus but mounting bills have forced him back to work; he hopes the plastic barrier will keep him and his passengers safe. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK — The great majority of people newly hospitalized with the coronavirus in New York are either retired or unemployed and were avoiding public transit, according to a new state survey, the first such look at people still getting seriously ill despite six weeks of severe social distancing.