Doctors warn Long Islanders to stay vigilant despite decrease in COVID-19 cases
The number of positive COVID-19 cases in New York continues to decline, but doctors warn that with summer approaching it is still important to stay vigilant.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 cases in New York dropped to new lows. That's 57 straight days of a drop in cases. Hospitalizations are also down to the lowest point since October.
Dr. Sharon Nachman, of Stony Brook University Hospital, says while it's great news that things are slowly getting back to normal, she says people should still be careful.
Nachman says the vaccine is working but warns that we are still not in the clear.
"I think we are certainly headed to the clear," says Nachman. "Are we totally there yet? No."
Nachman also believes masks are still needed in large indoor gatherings. She also expects hospitals to keep the mask mandate in place until at least the fall.
"I think the numbers will not skyrocket because the number of vaccinations has really increased, and we're vaccinating the 12 and up," says Nachman.
Some business owners say they are not ready to drop the masks just yet. Rob Shinsky, owner of Strathmore Bagels in Selden, says he still requires his customers to mask up.
"I'm asking customers only to wear a mask because of the size of my store and then in another week I will revisit it because a lot of people are getting angry," says Shinsky. "They don't wanna wear a mask."
Some major venues are also opening once again. The Paramount announced it will reopen Aug. 20 at 100% capacity with no restrictions in place.