Nassau reports slight uptick in number of COVID-19 hospitalizations

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced that the county has seen a slight uptick in the number of hospitalizations and ventilated patients. The numbers stand at 712 hospitalized -  15 more than the day before and 193 ventilated patients.
“We are watching these numbers very carefully for any trends we may see. At our peak we were at about 2,500 hospitalizations,” says Curran.
However, Curran stressed that there continues to be more evidence that the rate of infection is lowering on Long Island. Officials reported that the percentage of patients testing positive on Wednesday was at the lowest at 6.4%. 
Nassau officials stressed the need to expand testing and make sure everyone has access to testing.
Anyone who needs to get tested can be at the four FQHC testing sites in Westbury, Hempstead, Elmont and Freeport. Officials stressed testing is not just for those who are symptomatic, it is for essential workers and anyone who is in contact with the public as well.
Nassau health officials say results are coming back quicker, within minutes. Antibody testing will also be provided at these sites soon. Anyone who needs an appointment can call 516-396-7500.
Lastly, Curran said she has sent Gov. Andrew Cuomo an interim draft report of her economic advisory board plan. In that report, Curran says they have listed things they believe can be moved into the essential category including medically necessary and elective surgery, residential construction, curbside retail and some private gardens – including Old Westbury Gardens.