Curran: Hospitalizations continue to trend down; county to expand testing in hard hit areas

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Nassau County officials announced that for the eighth straight day, COVID-19 hospitalizations are down – bringing the number to 1,879 across the area. However, 41 new deaths were reported overnight - bringing the total to 1,431 deaths in the county.

Meanwhile, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says the county is focused on viral testing in the hardest hit areas – mostly in the African American and Hispanic communities.

Curran says the newly expanded testing sites in Hempstead and Freeport are at FQHC sites and are by appointment only. To make an appointment, residents are asked to call 516-396-7500.

The county will also be expanding on testing that is already going on at Belmont and they are looking at increasing testing in New Cassel.

"Testing alone is not enough, food insecurity has become a serious challenge. We are coordinating with Island Harvest and are expanding food distribution to families in need," said County Exec. Laura Curran.

The county says food distribution will be rotated at nine sites and will serve 14 communities in need. The county has also partnered with Meals on Wheels and Catholic Charities to feed more seniors.

In addition, the county announced that starting tomorrow they will reopen county run golf courses – spacing out tee times and taking online reservations only.

Lastly, Nassau officials say they are looking in the coming weeks to ramp up antibody testing following a recent study done by the state.

The preliminary testing taken at supermarkets in the county showed that 16.7 percent of people tested were exposed to the virus. That was based on a 1,000 person sample.

Nassau officials say it is not clear what the level of immunity is, but it does confirm that people in the county were exposed and did not know it.