Bellone: Suffolk County passes 40,000 total coronavirus cases

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone gave his Friday COVID-19 update, where figures passed 40,000 total cases.
Briefing Notes:
- Bellone comments on VE day, honors 'the greatest generation' amidst being vulnerable during the pandemic.
- Bellone references Friday's Department of Labor numbers and its reference to The Great Depression. Says it's why county is preparing to reopen, although safely and avoiding a second wave.
- Suffolk up to 40,083 total COVID-19 cases, additional 694 positive tests.
- Additional 21 Suffolk deaths - death toll reaches 1,568.
- No update on hospitalization numbers from Thursday - system is down.
- County passes 4 million pieces of PPE distributed.
- 38.7% positive rate at county hot spot testing sites - compares to overall countywide 33%.
- Bellone references the first Nourish NY event on Long Island, which happened in Massapequa Friday. Thanks Island Harvest for their partnership.
- Stresses trying to help people with food security issues. Says anyone who needs help should contact 311.
- Suffolk graduated 70 new officers (64 with SCPD, 6 with sheriff's office) Friday - its 178th class. 'A very different ceremony' with graduates in different rooms, families watching digitally.
 
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