The death toll on Long Island has climbed over 1,600 since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak began, including more than 1,000 in Nassau County.
In Nassau, there have been 25,250 confirmed COVID-19 cases, which have resulted in 1,001 deaths. In Suffolk, there have been 22,462 reported cases, leading to 608 deaths during the outbreak.
According to officials, there are still 2,464 patients hospitalized in Nassau, and an additional 1,595 in Suffolk.
"Just a month ago, Nassau County had zero deaths from COVID-19," Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said. "It’s now taken more than 1,000 residents from us. It is in the memory of those we’ve lost that we commit to win this battle and come back stronger and more united than ever."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that social distancing has been effective, as the hospital rate has begun leveling out. Currently, Long Island accounts for 22 percent of all those hospitalized in New York State.
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Statewide, there were 1,649 new COVID-19 cases reported in New York, as the total rose to more than 195,000. Cuomo said that there were 778 newly reported deaths, bringing the total to 10,834 since the outbreak began 44 days ago.
“What we’ve learned is that our actions determine our destiny. That’s the good news, we changed the curve,” he said. “Every projection had a higher rate of infection, a higher rate of death, projections that would have swamped the entire nation’s hospital system … and that didn’t happen because of what we did. We’re changing the curve every day.
“We have shown that we control the virus, it doesn’t control us.”
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