Suffolk sees small jump in COVID-19 hospitalizations; 0 deaths for 5th straight day

Suffolk County has seen a slight increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the past 48 hours, though other key figures have dropped.
County Executive Steve Bellone says there has been an increase by 17 in coronavirus hospitalizations over the past two days, bringing the total people in hospitals due to the virus to 58.
Bellone had issued a warning earlier in the week about county residents wearing masks and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance in order to avoid a spike in cases. It came as infection rates jumped up to around 2% over back-to-back days.
The other numbers in Suffolk County were largely positive. For the fifth day in a row, the county saw zero additional deaths due to the virus.
Bellone also reported 66 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with an infection rate back down to about 1% for the second consecutive day.
After a bipartisan news conference Wednesday calling for coronavirus assistance on Long Island, Bellone says the federal government "must do its job" in providing assistance, and that locally, they must have budget mitigation efforts in place.
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