'We've been plateauing': Suffolk sees drop in county hospitalizations; warns about phone scams

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone gave a COVID-19 update Friday afternoon.

News 12 Staff

Apr 17, 2020, 6:02 PM

Updated 1,464 days ago

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'We've been plateauing': Suffolk sees drop in county hospitalizations; warns about phone scams
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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone gave a COVID-19 update Friday afternoon.
BRIEFING NOTES:
- 'Don't mess with Lindenhurst': Bellone opens to talk about a phone scam targeting a 95-year-old from Lindenhurst. Scam claimed grandson was arrested, demanded money. She contacted police and suspects were arrested.
- 'We've been plateauing': Hospitalizations drop 23 to 1,562 -- second straight day of drop in patients. Patients in ICU beds, intubations also dropped.
- No update on death toll today, most recent number is 693.
- 666 overall beds, 120 ICU beds available countywide.
- 122 COVID-19 patients released from hospitals. 2,134 in total released since figures have been tracked.
- County distributed about 81,000 pieces of PPE to first responders, other essential workers.
- Expected shipment of 27,000 gowns to county Saturday, additional 500,000 next week.
- Bellone talks about East/West Industries - applauds them for using their expertise in helping create face coverings alongside the Suffolk Sewing Collaborative. 
- Talks about the Suffolk County Tax Act again - says he has spoken to many local officials for input in how to provide temporary tax relief.
- Thanks first responders for their help in controlling a Manorville brush fire -- says 26 departments responded.
PHOTOS: Coronavirus heroes on the front lines
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