The positive COVID-19 infection rate on Long Island continues dropping after dipping below 6 percent for the first time since the holidays earlier this week.
There were 611 new COVID-19 infections confirmed in Nassau on Wednesday, Feb. 3, bringing the total to 131,544 since the pandemic began last year. Suffolk reported 651 new infections, for a total of 146,293.
As of Thursday, Feb. 4, there were 1,383 COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Long Island, representing 0.05 percent of the region's population, the highest rate in New York. There is currently 36 percent of hospital beds still available on Long Island in case of a new spike in cases.
If Long Island - or any of the state's nine other regions - finds itself in danger of hitting its 90 percent hospital capacity rate within three weeks, Cuomo has vowed to shut down the entire region.
The seven-day average infection rate for those tested on Long Island has been dropping, from 6.19 percent to 5.65 percent in the past four days tied with the Hudson Valley for highest in the state.
Ten new COVID-19 fatalities were reported in Suffolk, as the total rose to 2,838, according to the state, and in Nassau, nine new fatalities brought the death toll climbed to 2,711 since last March.
The latest breakdown of the communities with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nassau, according to the most recent data provided by the county Department of Health on Feb. 4:
- Levittown: 3,348;
- Freeport: 2,711;
- Hicksville: 2,691;
- Hempstead: 2,681;
- East Meadow: 2,530;
- Valley Stream: 2,360;
- Long Beach: 2,058;
- Oceanside: 2,055;
- Elmont: 2,033;
- Franklin Square: 2,009;
- Glen Cove: 1,876;
- Uniondale: 1,735;
- Massapequa: 1,545;
- Rockville Centre: 1,488;
- Baldwin: 1,340;
- Woodmere: 1,327;
- West Hempstead: 1,277
- Plainview: 1,270;
- North Massapequa: 1,250;
- North Bellmore: 1,246;
- Wantagh: 1,236;
- Massapequa Park: 1,175;
- Lynbrook: 1,197;
- Mineola: 1,179;
- Merrick: 1,178;
- East Massapequa: 1,172.
The breakdown of cases reported in Suffolk County, according to the Department of Health:
- Brookhaven: 40,561;
- Islip: 36,439;
- Babylon: 20,261;
- Huntington: 16,129;
- Smithtown: 10,199;
- Southampton: 4,348;
- Riverhead: 2,709;
- East Hampton: 1,316;
- Southold: 1,296;
- Shelter Island: 41.
"The good news is New York's numbers continue to show progress as the holiday surge recedes," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "Our positivity rate has been steadily declining, and that success is a reflection of New Yorkers' commitment to defeating this beast."
There were 169,186 COVID-19 tests administered in New York on Feb. 3, according to Cuomo, resulting in 7,967 new cases for a 4.38 percent positive infection rate, down slightly from earlier in the week.
The latest infection rate is the lowest the state has recorded since Nov. 28.
More than 100 COVID-19 patients were discharged from New York hospitals, as the total dropped to 7,967 still being treated statewide. There are 1,506 patients in ICU, and 986 are currently intubated. There were 135 new COVID-19-related deaths reported in the past 24 hours.
Statewide, there have been 1,440,718 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York out of 32.78 million tested. There have been 35,767 virus-related deaths reported since the pandemic began.
Long Island has now received 288,360 allocations of COVID-19 vaccine doses, with 231,041 doses administered. The 80 percent of vaccines used is among the lowest rates in the state.
"We know the weapon to win the war is the vaccine and more and more needles are getting in arms every day, but the federal supply is still not enough," Cuomo continued. "This has been a long road, but I commend New Yorkers for their determination through it all.
The governor also reminded New Yorkers to stay safe during this weekend's Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"As we enter into Super Bowl weekend, we cannot get cocky with COVID - we must remain vigilant: be smart, wear a mask, socially distance, and stay New York Tough."
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