COVID Long Island: Suffolk County, New York cases “move in the wrong direction”

SUFFOLK CO., Long Island (WABC) – Suffolk County officials confirmed that at least 4 people who attended a July 4 party are among more than 100 new positive COVID cases, the highest since May.

The county recorded 102 positive cases Tuesday, an increase of 2%.

Regarding an outbreak stemming from the July 4 party, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone confirmed that four people tested positive.

Governor Cuomo tweeted about the exhibition earlier in the day.

“I think it is an example of why it is critically important that we remain vigilant,” Bellone said.

Another 10 cases are lifeguards from Ocean Beach. Each of these individuals is now under quarantine at home.

Officials do not believe they contracted the virus while on duty, but more likely during meetings with other first responders in off hours.

“The defeat of this virus is on my mind today because the numbers are moving in the wrong direction,” said Bellone.

Suffolk County positivity rate has reached 2 percent. If that number rises to 5% or more, schools will not be reopened and the county may need to reverse the course in other areas, she said.

Bellone had a direct message for young people.

“A large percentage of positive cases come from people age 30 and under. As of June 24, approximately 42% of positive cases come from this age range. My message to these young people is to think again. The truth is that this virus impacts us all, “he said.

For the third consecutive day, no new deaths were reported in Suffolk County.



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