Suffolk County taking steps to fast-track new outdoor dining spaces

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided his Thursday COVID-19 update, with some plans for outdoor dining and small decreases in hospitalization figures.
Briefing Notes:
- Suffolk is looking at allowing outdoor dining - 'an activity we believe can we done safely.'
- Bellone issuing order that will allow automatic approval for new outdoor dining spaces for restaurants.
- Bellone: 'Hopeful' that allowing outdoor dining will be an activity that can be 'accelerated.'
- Courts on Long Island will begin process to starting in-person operations Friday.
- 1,398 contact tracers on Suffolk's team.
- Additional 101 COVID-19 patients - 39,359 total.
- 12,956 COVID-19 antibody positives - separate from above numbers.
- Decrease of four COVID-19 hospitalizations - total of 301.
- Decrease of two ICU patients - total of 92.
- Death toll rises by 10 - total of 1,871.
- Hospital capacity at 66% -- ICU bed capacity at 58%.
- About 40,000 PPE distributed over last 24 hours - received 18,000 PPE, and another 17,000 coming in Thursday.
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