Bellone: COVID-19 death toll in Suffolk County at 7; cases at 459
County Executive Steve Bellone on Friday said that seven people have died of the coronavirus outbreak in Suffolk County so far.
Three of the newly confirmed fatalities were people who were in their 90s who were connected to the Peconic Landing medical facility in Greenport, Bellone said. He added that the facility is taking every possible measure to prevent the spread of the virus.
Two of the residents died at the retirement community, and the third died at a hospital.
Officials say the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in the community 10 days ago. Staff say a per diem employee tested positive after they were unknowingly exposed to the virus.
Peconic Landing says 86 people live in the health center portion of the community, and 12 more have tested positive for the coronavirus. One is in hospice care and another is in a hospital.
Peconic Landing posted a statement on its website, saying, "The detection and spread of COVID-19 on our campus has been unprecedented. Our team has acted swiftly, beginning planning for a possible response in February and implementing these enhanced precautions starting March 2. We will continue to implement and enhance all guidelines offered by officials at county, state, and federal levels to secure and provide our members with the best response possible."
Details on the fourth newly confirmed death in the county were not provided, pending the notification of family members.
The total number of cases in the county was at 459 Friday, with 156 new positive cases since the day prior.
Earlier Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said cases statewide have surpassed 7,000 and the death toll was at 35 in New York.
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