Suffolk hospitalizations slightly increase, Bellone believes county will meet criteria to soon begin reopening

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided his Monday COVID-19 update, where he detailed a tiny increase in county hospitalizations, breaking up an extended period of decreases.

News 12 Staff

May 4, 2020, 6:05 PM

Updated 1,529 days ago

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Suffolk hospitalizations slightly increase, Bellone believes county will meet criteria to soon begin reopening
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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone provided his Monday COVID-19 update, where he detailed a tiny increase in county hospitalizations, breaking up an extended period of decreases.
Briefing Notes:
- Bellone says county residents abided by social distancing guidelines over warm weekend, thanks all that played their part.
- Increase of 4 hospitalizations, total to 817.
- Bellone says despite increase, believes with Cuomo's comments on metrics needed to reach guidelines to start reopening, believes county will meet that.
- 37,537 total Suffolk COVID-19 patients.
- Death toll rises by 17 to 1,273.
- 2,019 people who took antibody test, did not previously have positive test, but were found to have the antibodies.
- 864 hospital beds available, 192 ICU beds available.
- 33 COVID-19 hospital discharges.
- Other standards in being able to reopen including testing increase and contact tracing.
- Suffolk police testing program began Monday - aiming to test 400 officers, correction officers and more per day.
- Bellone details the Suffolk Forward and Main Street initiatives, including gift card program, job board, technology enhancement to assist small businesses, pandemic shift business workshops.

PHOTOS: Coronavirus heroes on the front lines
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