Nassau, Suffolk counties declare state of emergencies amid COVID-19 outbreak

Both Nassau and Suffolk counties have taken "urgent measures" to combat coronavirus.
Nassau Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone both are filing the necessary paperwork with the state to support declaring state of emergencies amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.
Various St. Patrick's Day celebrations have been canceled across the island, as health officials recommend avoiding large crowds.
Dr. Aaron Glatt, the chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital, added that gatherings also pertain to churches and other places of worship.
Before heading out this weekend, it's recommended to call your destination ahead of time as the amount of positive cases continues to rise. Many facilities, like libraries and senior centers, are closing out of caution.
A total of 21 people in Suffolk County have tested positive for COVID-19. In Nassau, there are 41 confirmed cases of the virus.
Globally, there are now more than 126,000 cases and more than 4,600 deaths.
PHOTOS: The impact of coronavirus around the world: