Bellone: 2,260 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Suffolk County, trending upward
UPDATE FROM SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE BELLONE, March 25
- Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says there are 2,260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.
- He says 7,763 residents have been tested, with 28.7% of those confirmed positive.
- Testing is continuing to "ramp up" throughout the county.
- Number of ICU beds being utilized is at 67, up from 50 on Tuesday.
- The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is up to 206 as of Wednesday morning. It was at 163 on Tuesday. There are 63 available ICU beds currently in the county.
- "My message to all the small businesses out there struggling - we are with you. We are not going away. This is going to be a long-term battle and we are going to be with you every step of the way."
- 134,000 meals have been provided to students in the county who are not in schools.
- Contact 311 if you need mental health help.
- Bellone says 895 businesses have connected to the county's Business Response Unit. More than 5,000 employees have been reported as furloughed or laid-off. "We are working on collecting the data, because we know that those numbers are just a slice of what is actually happening out there."
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