Curran: Testing is an important part of coming back strong

Nassau officials say the numbers of hospitalizations and positive cases related to COVID-19 continues to decrease across the county.
As of Tuesday night, there are a total of 83,434 cases of the virus – an increase of 97 from the day before.
In addition, officials revealed that there has not been one new positive case for eight days in the police or correction departments.
Health officials say that wearing the proper protective equipment is helping, and Nassau residents are heeding the warning.
Last week, county-wide 10.9% of those tested for the virus, tested positive – the lowest number the county has seen. However, in areas with community clinics – numbers have been higher.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says testing at clinics in Freeport, Elmont, Hempstead and Westbury have seen the positive number of cases in the 18% to 28% range. Curran urged that more testing needs to be done and residents in those areas can get tested, regardless if they have insurance, if they believe they were in contact with someone who had COVID-19 or if they are an essential worker.
"Testing is an important part of coming back strong," says Curran.
Lastly, Curran announced the county is close to the goal of 2 per 100,000 residents being admitted to area hospitals, but still needs to see the number of deaths decline. Deaths in the county increased Wednesday by 18 to 1,9991 – bringing the countywide total to 1,991 residents who passed from the virus.