Suffolk sees second consecutive day with increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations; death toll approaches 1,300

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided a COVID-19 update Tuesday afternoon, where he revealed another increase in coronavirus hospitalizations.
Briefing Notes:
- Suffolk sees increase in hospitalizations for second day in a row. 18 additional hospitalizations. This comes after a long decline in previous days.
- 835 total county COVID-19 hospitalizations.
- 23 new COVID-19 deaths. Death toll reaches 1,296.
- Bellone reiterates that despite the increases, that he believes the county will meet requirements to reopen in the future. Gov. Cuomo has said that the numbers are on a "3-day rolling average."
- 715 new COVID-19 cases, 38,252 in total.
- 37 COVID-19 hospital discharges.
- PPE continuing to be delivered to hospitals and more - 51,000 delivery yesterday. Over 3.2 million in total over entire pandemic.
- Bellone: 'We are preparing to reopen safely, that is what we're working on. We want to have at least a few months stockpile of PPE.'
- Antibody testing began for Suffolk law enforcement Monday - performed nearly 700 tests after projecting that they would do 400.
- VA will consider hardship waivers for various services.
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