Bellone: COVID-19 hospitalizations in Suffolk top 1,000 for first time; death toll at 84

County Executive Steve Bellone says the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has risen past 1,000 in Suffolk.
During his daily news conference, he said there are 8,746 cases in the county, with 1,141 of them coming in the past 24 hours. There are 84 deaths so far.
The county executive says that a survey conducted by the county showed that 7,000 workers either lost their jobs or suffered a loss of wages due to the health crisis. He urged small businesses to visit the Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit, which provides information about how to recover.
He also urged residents to visit the United Way of Long Island site to help families in need.
Notes on the news conference are below:
  • Bellone: While medical professionals are fighting to save people's lives, they are also thinking about their own safety, and the risk to their own family's health.
  • There are now 8,746 positive coronavirus cases in Suffolk County. Over the last 24 hours, there was an increase of 1,141 cases. 
  • There are 1,054 COVID-19 hospitalizations. 
  • Anyone who would like to see the real time numbers in Suffolk County can click here
  • 7,000 employees impacted by loss of job or loss of wages in Suffolk County. Small businesses have been the most hard hit during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Bellone urges anyone with a small business to visit the Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit to get information about resources that can help.  
  • Unemployment numbers are "stark and staggering" and illustrates how people are struggling. 
  • Bellone lauds United Way's Response Fund
  • ProHEALTH is opening its drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites to all first responders. "You do not have to be a ProHealth patient."
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