VA denies latest attempt to continue flag placement at Calverton, LI nat'l cemeteries

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone gave a COVID-19 update, where he expressed disappointment over the VA denial of allowing flag placement at Suffolk national cemeteries for Memorial Day weekend.

News 12 Staff

May 22, 2020, 6:03 PM

Updated 1,523 days ago

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VA denies latest attempt to continue flag placement at Calverton, LI nat'l cemeteries
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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone gave a COVID-19 update, where he expressed disappointment over the VA denial of allowing flag placement at Suffolk national cemeteries for Memorial Day weekend.
Briefing Notes:
- Bellone says he appreciates Cuomo's announcement that Long Island could begin reopening next week. Says he and his colleagues are ready.
- Suffolk county campgrounds reopening beginning June 1, reservation system opens Friday at 7 p.m. for stays from June 1 - July 15.
- Most recent request to continue flag placement at VA cemeteries has been denied. Says 'if beaches are opening, why can't our Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts place flags at an expansive cemetery?'
- Bellone says he doesn't believe that a higher level VA official made this decision - assume it was made 'out of an abundance of caution by a lower level bureaucrat.'
- Bellone says he believes if the president was aware of the decision to stop flag placement he would reverse it and would be 'appalled.' 
- Flag placements will continue at non-VA cemeteries across Suffolk.
- Additional 16 CVS drive-thru, self-swab testing locations opening up.
- Governor's office has received property tax relief plan, has not been signed off yet.
NUMBERS:
- Additional 119 COVID-19 cases over past 24 hours. Total of 38,672 cases.
- Additional 12 deaths to a overall toll of 1,814. 
- Hospitalizations decreased by 28 to a total of 425.
- ICU beds occupants increase by 2.
- Hospital bed and ICU bed capacity both meeting the metrics.
- 58 COVID-19 hospital discharges.

PHOTOS: Coronavirus heroes on the front lines
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