Just two countries in the world have reported more deaths than the USA fourth-most populous state.
The paper's sub-headline reads "They were not simply names on a list - they were us".
It marks the first time in living memory that the paper has had a front page without any photos or graphics.
The US will soon have lost 100,000 people to coronavirus, a heartbreaking milestone for the country. Those that are not on the front page are listed inside the Sunday edition of one of the world's best-known and respected publications.
Simone Landon, assistant editor of The New York Times Graphics desk, wanted to represent the number in a way that conveyed both the vastness and the variety of lives lost.
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The page was put together by a researcher who combed through online sources for obituaries and death notices and compiled a list of almost 1000 names, the newspaper said in an announcement on Saturday.
Alain Delaquérière, a researcher, combed through various sources online for obituaries and death notices with Covid-19 written as the cause of death. He compiled a list of almost a thousand names from hundreds of newspapers.
Tom Bodkin, chief creative officer of the Times, said he did not remember any front pages without images during his 40 years at the paper. The 1,000 people here reflect just l percent of the toll.
Urban sprawl has been pinpointed as contributing to the deadly spread of the coronavirus, because of the difficulty in keeping social distancing in the most heavily populated areas of the U.S.
Over 98,000 Americans have already died as a result of COVID-19, with that figure expected to reach over 100,000 in the coming days and weeks.