Bellone stresses continuation of social distancing guidelines will lead to reopening of economy

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided his Monday COVID-19 update, where he provided new numbers and the county's efforts to reopen the economy.

News 12 Staff

Apr 20, 2020, 5:36 PM

Updated 1,550 days ago

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Bellone stresses continuation of social distancing guidelines will lead to reopening of economy
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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided his Monday COVID-19 update, where he provided new numbers and the county's efforts to reopen the economy.
UPDATES:
- Bellone talked about his assignment to a state task force to "safely, responsibly" reopen New York.
- Announces the formation of a Suffolk "summer planning work group" will develop guidelines and regulations to reopen municipalities, etc.
- Bellone remembers an 18-year veteran of the county's auxiliary unit who passed, expresses gratitude for his service. Says to think of people like this when considering whether following guidelines.
- Number of county COVID-19 hospitalizations drops for fifth consecutive day. 1,411 total.
- Bellone says "we have to reopen the economy," but can only do that by continuing to follow guidelines.
- 28,127 confirmed county cases, increase of 642.
- 90 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals.
- Bellone details his efforts to borrow money via federal government in order to help provide short-term property tax relief. 'Hopeful' to gain access.
- County is watching potential Tuesday storm that could affect hotspot testing sites.

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