Curran: County has met 5 of 7 metrics required to begin reopening

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says the county has met five of the seven metrics required by the state to begin phase one of reopening.
The county has seen a decline in hospitalizations – which has seen a decline for 23rd straight day.
In addition, the total number of positive cases is 38,337 – 120 new cases from Sunday.
Curran says of all the people tested on Sunday, 6.8% tested positive. Officials say that is the lowest number they have seen since the pandemic started.
Another criteria the county has met is testing, successfully ramping up viral testing and antibody testing in partnership with Northwell Health.
Officials say the first 650 first responders were tested for antibodies – with 11.8 percent testing positive for antibodies.
"This is more confirmation that a significant number of individuals remain asymptomatic. This week, we will begin testing other essential county employees. Our goal is to test 500 county employees a day," says Curran.
In addition, Curran says Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said the region is expected to meet criteria for contact tracing.
However, the two criteria Nassau and Suffolk counties is not meeting is a 14-day decline in hospital deaths and two people out 100,000 being admitted to hospitals.
Although a date for the beginning of phase one was not given, Curran says when the region enters that phase, it means 17% of total jobs on Long Island will be restored – including construction, manufacturing and wholesale trade.