Long Island COVID-19 Update

By: Miya Jones
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Long Island COVID-19 Update

Tuesday marks the highest number of deaths on Long Island in one day at 183 due to coronavirus. This brings to total up to 500 deaths in Nassau County and 263 in Suffolk County.

Right now, Long Island is still considered a “hot spot.” The number of overall cases has reached over 30,000 cases on the island and over 100,000 statewide. The major surge in cases is partially due to first-of-its-kind rapid testing centers being set up by Abbott in Farmingdale, East Meadow and West Islip. Over 100 tests per day have been conducted.

“The battle really is shifting to Long Island,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

Suffolk County now has a higher infection rate than New York City.

According to data compiled by Google, compliance on the island has increased after the stay-at-home order was issued on March 22.

In positive news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo did say, the number of hospitalizations and ICU admissions in New York overall have been declining or stabilizing over the average of the past three days.

“Social distancing is working,” said Cuomo. “That’s why you see those numbers coming down. We have to keep doing it… This is not an act of God that we’re looking at. It’s an act of what society actually does.”

There has also been an increase in the number of people who have been released from the hospital. Officials and health care workers are still prepping as this week is said to be the apex of the epidemic.

Miya Jones

Miya Jones

Miya Jones is a Long Island native and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Shades of Long Island. She's been a journalist since the age of 17 and is a diversity advocate. Follow Miya on Instagram and Twitter: @miyajones1996 and on Facebook as Miya Jones.

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