Curran: Antibody testing could be key to Nassau’s back-to-work strategy

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During her afternoon briefing, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran had a message for residents – “The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.”
As of Monday night, there were 24,358 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county and 910 deaths related to the virus.
In addition, 2,464 residents remained hospitalized with the virus – a total of eight more than the previous day. A total of 481 of those patients are on ventilators – eight fewer than the day before.
On Monday, there were a total of 145 discharges across 11 hospitals on Long Island. 
“We continue to have more discharges than those coming into the hospitals,” says Curran.
Meanwhile, County Exec. Curran also stressed that although the numbers are better, a strategy is still needed to get back to business in the county, and it needs to be done strategically. 
“We need to think about anti-body testing. I just got off phone call with five hospital systems on Long Island. They are collaborating on an anti-body test. That could be part of our back to work strategy. We will know what level of PPE people need when they return to work and what we are up against. We are also updating software for better contact tracing for the virus.”