Bellone: Suffolk County passes 40,000 coronavirus cases

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided a COVID-19 update Wednesday, speaking on county protests, financial impacts and falling numbers in hospitalizations.
Briefing Notes:
- Bellone references outdoor dining being moved into phase 2. 'We are hopeful of accelerating that timeline ... at maximum, we are a week away.'
- Reiterates that permits for new outdoor dining spaces will be expedited.
- Starting Wednesday, people will be able to report anti-bias, hate crimes by calling 311.
- Bellone references 7 demonstrations held in Suffolk - 'Once again, I'm proud to say that the demonstrations we've seen have been peaceful.'
- Bellone talks about finance report released yesterday, letter sent to LI congressmembers
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- 40,062 total cases - 82 new cases.
- 14,334 antibody positive tests.
- 236 total COVID-19 hospitalizations - decrease of 11.
- Additional 6 deaths - 1,915 total death toll.
- 61 COVID-19 patients on ICU beds.
- One week into phase 1 - Bellone says 'it's all gone very smoothly to this point.' 

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