Nassau confirms first coronavirus-related death

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has announced the first-coronavirus-related death in the county – a 96-year-old man who died at Mercy Medical Center.

As of this morning, there are at least 131 positive cases of COVID-19 in Nassau County.

As expected, Curran says the first drive-through testing site at Jones Beach is expected to open today.

During her press conference, Curran also announced the formation of an economic advisory council to help asses the impact of the virus on the county.

Curran says the top focus is on the health care system. Officials are meeting with hospitals to examine capacity because the fear is that by the time the virus peaks, there will not be enough hospital beds.

The county says it is also speaking about staffing requirements at hospitals and the possibility of bringing back retired doctors, nurses and dipping into the medical school to staff for the impending surge.

This morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the virus is expected to peak in 45 days.

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