Thanksgiving gatherings across Long Island helped lead to a surge of new COVID-19 infections as the positivity rate soared past 4.5 percent as the state continues to see a spike in cases.
The average seven-day positive infection rate of those tested on Long Island continues to rise, up to 4.62 percent in the latest update from the state Department of Health after sitting below 4 percent for months.
Statewide, the positive infection rate is also surging, up past 4 percent to 4.05 percent in the latest update.
In Suffolk, 848 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the total to 254,334 since the pandemic began, while Nassau recorded 565 new cases, as the total rose to 225,182.
Sixty-nine new virus-related deaths were reported in New York in the latest update from the Department of Health including four in Nassau to bring the number of fatalities to 3,681 since the pandemic began, while the death toll in Nassau held steady at 3,328.
Average seven-day Infection rates in the state’s 10 regions according to the latest update from the Department of Health:
Western New York: 10.30 percent (68.15 seven-day average number of new cases per 100,--- population);
- Finger Lakes: 9.61 percent (54.88);
- Mohawk Valley: 9.30 percent (56.55);
- North Country: 8.92 percent (52.71);
- Capital Region: 7.62 percent (50.46);
- Central New York: 6.68 percent (40.97);
- Southern Tier: 5.81 percent (47.82);
- Long Island: 4.62 percent (33.31);
- Hudson Valley: 3.39 percent (23.99);
- New York City: 1.81 percent (16.48).
The latest breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Suffolk County, according. to the Department of Health as of Monday, Nov. 29:
- Brookhaven: 76,704;
- Islip: 60,689;
- Babylon: 35,881;
- Huntington: 28,778;
- Smithtown: 19,101;
- Southampton: 7,610;
- Riverhead: 4,580;
- East Hampton: 2,259;
- Southold: 2,040;
- Shelter Island: 96.
According to the latest data from the county Department of Health, the most cases in Nassau have been recorded in:
- Levittown: 7,474;
- Hempstead: 5,810;
- Hicksville: 5,634;
- Freeport: 5,227;
- Valley Stream: 5,037;
- East Meadow: 4,995;
- Oceanside: 4,463;
- Elmont: 4,328;
- Long Beach: 4,233;
- Franklin Square: 4,183;
- Glen Cove: 3,716;
- Uniondale: 3,386;
- Massapequa: 3,291;
- Woodmere: 3,163;
- Rockville Centre: 3,160;
- Baldwin: 3,040;
- North Massapequa: 2,821;
- Wantagh: 2,817;
- North Bellmore: 2,690;
- Plainview: 2,683;
- West Hempstead: 2,682;
- Merrick: 2,621;
- East Massapequa: 2,597;
- Garden City: 2,523;
- Massapequa Park: 2,478;
- Lynbrook: 2,461;
- Mineola: 2,444;
- Seaford: 2,414;
- Bethpage: 2,297.
There were 145,189 new COVID-19 tests administered in New York according to the latest update from the Department of Health, resulting in 6,147 newly confirmed infections for a 4.23 percent positive daily infection rate.
Sixty more COVID-19 patients were admitted into New York hospitals as the number being treated for the virus jumped to more than 2,750 statewide for the first time in weeks, up to 2,756.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 90.3 percent of New Yorkers over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 80.5 percent are fully vaccinated.
The CDC said that 77.5 percent of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose, with 68.2 percent completing the vaccination process.
As of Nov. 29, 2,007,025 (2,100 new) first doses have been administered to Long Island residents, while 1,778,027 (1,211 new) have completed the process, both among the highest rates in the state.
"We're entering a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic where it's more important than ever for every eligible New Yorker to get vaccinated," New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said.
"Cases are rising throughout New York State, and the new Omicron variant poses a very real threat to the progress we've made. Vaccines are our best way to protect all our families this holiday season — so please get your shot today."
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