Curran: County sees 14-day decrease in hospitalizations; meets CDC guidelines

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Nassau officials have reported a 14-day decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations – one of the three credentials needed according to the CDC for the county to begin reopening.

As of Wednesday, there was a total of 1,368 hospitalizations, down 91 from yesterday. In addition, there was a 33% drop in ICU and ventilated patients.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says the second credential the county must meet is a two-week downward trajectory in the percentage of people being tested and those testing positive. On Tuesday, there was less than 15% of people who tested positive. That number represents a 50% drop from three weeks ago.

The third credential the county must meet is ramped up testing including viral testing and antibody testing. As of this week, testing was available in Elmont, Hempstead, Freeport and Jones Beach.

The county executive announced, they are partnering with Northwell Health to make antibody testing available for first responders. Appointments will be needed.

"I know we can come back in a way that is strong and safe," says County Executive Curran.