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COVID-19: 39 New Fatalities Bring Long Island's Death Toll To 273 With 24,716 Positive Cases

The novel strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Photo Credit: Pixabay
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's news briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic Saturday, April 4 in Albany.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's news briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic Saturday, April 4 in Albany. Video Credit: Governor's Office

Thirty-nine deaths related to the novel strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported on Long Island over the last 24 hours.

A total of 28 of the fatalities were in Suffolk County and 11 in Nassau County, both county executives - Suffolk's Steve Bellone and Nassau's Laura Curran - reported on Saturday afternoon, April 4.

The death toll is now 124 in Suffolk and 149 in Nassau for a total of 273 casualties.

A total of 3,565 have now died of COVID-19 in New York, with 2,624 of the deaths in New York City. (73.6 percent). Long Island's 273 deaths account for 7.6 percent of those in New York State.

As of Saturday afternoon, more than 113,704 have tested positive statewide, with by far the most in New York City with 63,306 case (6,147 new cases). Long Island now has 24,716 cases.

Here's a breakdown of positive cases for Long Island by county:

Suffolk: 11,370 cases (1,216 new cases) 

Nassau: 13,346 cases, (1,322 new cases) 

"This stresses this country, this state, in a way that nothing else has frankly, in my lifetime," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "It stresses us on every level. The economy is stressed, the social fabric is stressed, the social systems are stressed, transportation is stressed. It's right across the board, but the most difficult level is the human level."

"This is a painful, disorienting experience, but we find our best self, our strongest self. This day will end and we will get through it and we will get to the other side of the mountain. And we will be the better for it. But we have to do what we have to do between now and then. That's just what we're doing here."

Cuomo will issue an executive order allowing medical students that are slated to graduate to begin practicing immediately to help with the state's surge health care force.

To date, 85,000 health professionals, including 22,000 out-of-state individuals, have signed up to volunteer as part of the state's surge healthcare force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Basketball Association is also contributing one million surgical masks for New York's essential workers in collaboration with the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and China's New York Consul General Huang Ping.

"We are doing everything in our power to prepare for the fight that will come at the apex," Cuomo said.

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