COVID-19 on Long Island: Nassau County Death Rate Trends Up

Both counties reported a total of 76,335 positive cases.

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Numbers reported daily by Nassau and Suffolk counties show that there are a total of 76,335 positive cases on Long Island as of Wednesday night.


Suffolk reported that there are 38,985 confirmed cases at this time and Nassau reported 37,350 total Covid-19 positives.


“This virus keeps throwing us curveballs,” said Nassau County Laura Curran in a press conference on Thursday, noting a new report that showed most new cases are coming from people who are actually out of work and staying at home.


Suffolk County also reported that there are 773 patients hospitalized. Of those, 295 are in the intensive care unit.


Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said during his daily briefing on Wednesday that after two days where hospitalizations were going up, the downward trend returned on Wednesday. He called the increases a real concern but said it might be an anomaly.


He noted a decline in Covid-19 patients in ICU beds.


“Which is also very good news,” he said.


Intibations declined as well.


In Suffolk, hospital capacity is at 74% and ICU capacity is around 70%.


In Nassau, there were 974 people hospitalized, of those, 306 are in the ICU with 254 on ventilators.


Curran said that the number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 was down for 21 straight days, a positive sign. 


Suffolk County has administered 101,975 Covid-19 tests, with 34.6% of those tested confirmed positive for COVID-19. Nassau County did not report on the total number of tests administered.


Sadly, 3,187 people have died so far on Long Island from Covid-19. 1,296 deaths were in Suffolk County and 1,891 in Nassau County from Covid-19.


Unfortunately, the Nassau County death rate due to Covid-19 was up, according to Curran.


In the United States, 75,639 have died due to Covid-19 to date.


Statistics also show that over 5,900 people have recovered from Covid-19 on Long Island so far.


Food insecurity has also been a big issue on Long Island in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. Food stamp applications jumped in March, according to Curran. She said that Nassau County put money aside for Island Harvest hoping to aid those in need.


“No one in Nassau County should worry about their next meal,” she said.