Long Island remains on track to enter Phase 2 of reopening the economy this week as the state and region continue recovering from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
During his daily COVID-19 briefing on Monday, June 8 in Manhattan, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that Long Island remains on track to enter the second phase of reopening as of Wednesday, June 10.
Phase 2 includes outdoor dining at restaurants, office-based jobs, real estate, barbershops, salons, and expanded retail services.
On Long Island, nine weeks ago, 55 percent of residents tested came back positive for COVID-19. That number dropped down to 9 percent four weeks ago, three percent two weeks ago and is down to 1 percent as of Sunday, June 7, Cuomo said.
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Hempstead still has the highest volume of cases (2,217) in Nassau, followed by Freeport (1,609), Elmont (1,301), Uniondale (1,261), Valley Stream (1,165), Levittown (998), Hicksville (989), East Meadow (890), Glen Cove (888), Franklin Square (790), Long Beach (751), Baldwin (678), Roosevelt (630), Woodmere (586), New Cassel (603), and Oceanside (554).
In Suffolk, Islip has seen the most cases, with 12,255 COVID-19 confirmed cases of the virus, ahead of Brookhaven (9,275), Babylon (6,772), Huntington (4,6969), Smithtown (2,364), and Southampton (1,014). More than 350 active cases are also reported in Southampton, Riverhead, Southold, and East Hampton.
According to the state Department of Health, 2,555,896 New Yorkers have been tested for COVID-19, with 378,799 testing positive for the virus as of Monday, June 8. There have been 24,299 reported deaths due to COVID-19 in New York.
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