The COVID-19 death toll in New York has topped 41,000 though patients being treated in hospitals statewide is down to the lowest since early December, according to the Department of Health.
On Long Island, there were 12 new fatalities - seven in Nassau, five in Suffolk - bringing the total to 5,375 since the pandemic began last year.
According to the Department of Health, the overall positive infection rate dropped for the second straight day, down to 4.15 percent out of thousands of tests administered on Thursday, April 8.
Statewide, the COVID-19 infection rate continues dropping, from 3.6 percent earlier this week to 3.37 percent on April 8.
There were 731 new COVID-19 laboratory-confirmed cases in Suffolk, bringing the total to 188,805. In Nassau, 668 new cases were reported, marking 173,216 confirmed infections.
Suffolk was reporting 925 newly confirmed COVID-19 infections, bringing the total to 188,074 since last spring, while Nassau was reporting 810 new cases, as the cumulative total reached 172,548.
As of Friday, April 9, there were 720 COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Long Island, representing 0.03 percent of the region's population and leaving 35 percent of hospital beds still available.
There were 673 patients in ICU, leaving 24 percent of beds available in Suffolk and Nassau.
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 April 9:
- Levittown: 5,035;
- Hicksville: 4,124;
- Hempstead: 3,951;
- Freeport: 3,859;
- East Meadow: 3,614;
- Valley Stream: 3,610;
- Elmont: 3,115;
- Oceanside: 3,000;
- Franklin Square: 2,976;
- Long Beach: 2,958;
- Glen Cove: 2,806;
- Uniondale: 2,525;
- Massapequa: 2,198;
- Rockville Centre: 2,138;
- Baldwin: 2,050;
- Woodmere: 1,930;
- Plainview: 1,896;
- North Bellmore: 1,873;
- North Massapequa: 1,863;
- Wantagh: 1,845;
- West Hempstead: 1,830;
- Mineola: 1,792;
- Merrick: 1,766;
- Garden City: 1,741;
- Lynbrook: 1,740;
- East Massapequa: 1,672;
- Massapequa Park: 1,667;
- Seaford: 1,635;
- Bethpage: 1,634.
The breakdown of cases reported in Suffolk County, according to the Department of Health:
- Brookhaven: 53,829;
- Islip: 46,442;
- Babylon: 26,409;
- Huntington: 21,625;
- Smithtown: 13,426;
- Southampton: 5,432;
- Riverhead: 3,451;
- Southold: 1,632;
- East Hampton: 1,586;
- Shelter Island: 54.
There were 3-4.956 COVID-19 tests administered in New York on Thursday, April 8, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, resulting in 9,014 newly confirmed infections for a 2.96 percent positive infection rate, under 3 percent for the first time this week.
Seventy-one more COVID-19 patients were discharged from New York hospitals, leaving 4,351 still being treated statewide, the lowest number since Dec. 4 last year.
There are 899 (down 48) patients in ICU and 591 (down nine) intubated.
There were 58 new COVID-19-related deaths reported in the past 24 hours, down from 47 the day before.
A total of 36 percent of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 32.1 percent are fully vaccinated.
As of April 9, 886,864 first doses have been administered to Long Island residents, while 510,658 have completed the process., both among the highest rates in the state.
"While we continue to make progress towards defeating COVID once and for all, it's as critical as ever that New Yorkers remain vigilant and keep practicing the behaviors we know stop COVID in its tracks," Cuomo said.
"We're doing all we can to get as many shots in arms as possible, and that has allowed the light at the end of the tunnel to grow brighter every day, however, to ultimately reach it, we must all stay united. New Yorkers have already shown the nation how tough we can be when we all work together and I know we will do it again."
Statewide, a total of 1,927,357 positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed out of nearly 47 million tests that have been administered. There have been a total of 41,028 virus-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
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