Under 50 new COVID-19 cases in Suffolk, hospitalizations drop to 151 as Phase 2 begins

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone gave his Thursday COVID-19 update, with more declines in hospitalizations, and information into his call for some museums to reopen soon.
Briefing Notes:
- Bellone talks about Phase 2 beginning Wednesday - says he saw people happy to just get to do some normal activities. Looking ahead to Phase 3.
- 'It boosted the spirits of people in the county - we're off to a good start.'
- Talks about Suffolk COVID-19 supply program - getting supplies to businesses as they reopen. 1,000 kits available.
- Bellone comments on the arrest at Stony Brook University Hospital, person allegedly had 3 explosive devices.
- Bellone says incident like this highlights the work of Suffolk police, FBI, State University Police and health care workers.
- On Nassau Executive Curran's push to reopen malls, continue youth sports - Bellone says the 'data is there' to accelerate those activities.
- Suffolk will be contacting upstate NY regions as they enter Phase 3 about any negative or positive impacts about the steps they took.
- Bellone says they are also in contact with the state about opening museums. Says there are some that are large spaces, could be touchless.
- On protests and COVID-19 - Says it is still a little to early to draw any conclusions, but it is a positive outlook thus far that numbers continue to drop.
NUMBERS
- 48 new COVID-19 cases - 40,512 in total. 'Substantially below 100 is great.'
- Decline in hospitalizations by 14, total of 151.
- Death toll rises by 4 - 1,941 total death toll.
- Decline in ICU beds by 1 - 45 total.
- 15 COVID-19 hospital discharges.
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