Suffolk sees highest COVID-19 patient discharge rate thus far; hospitalizations rise again

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 Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided his Wednesday COVID-19 update.
BRIEFING NOTES:
- Death toll rises to 657.
- 832 new confirmed cases, 23,523 in total.
- Increase in hospitalizations by 22, 1,630 in total.
- Increase in patients in ICU beds by 31, 562 total.
- 622 hospital beds available, 94 ICU beds available.
- 174 discharges, highest number to date.
- Bellone mourns the loss of Det. Sgt. John Kempf of a rare brain disease.
- Bellone talks about preparing for 'the new normal,' reiterates Cuomo's order about wearing masks in public.
- Bellone says Suffolk PD will wear masks, beginning Wednesday night.
- Bellone highlights 14-year-old who used a 3D printer to create 50 face shields that he donated to the county.
PHOTOS: Coronavirus heroes on the front lines
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