Cuomo: COVID-19 Sweeps Through July 4th Celebration On Long Island

Sophia Hall
July 14, 2020 - 12:39 pm

    NEW YORK (WCB S880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a large number of people who attended a Fourth of July party on Long Island have tested positive for COVID-19.

    The party in Holtsville, in Suffolk County, resulted in a number of positive cases by Tuesday morning.

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    "It's clear based on contact tracing that many of the new cases in New York are a result of a lack of compliance during the July 4 weekend and illustrate how quickly the virus spreads, with one party, for example, infecting more than a third of attendees," Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday.

    The governor adds, "I cannot be more clear: Look at what's happening in the rest of the country — if we are not smart, if we don't wear masks and socially distance, cases will spike. No one wants to go back to the hell we experienced three months ago, so please stay vigilant." 

    It's not clear how many people total were at the party.

    Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone with 102 positive cases reported on Tuesday, which is one of the highest numbers the county has seen in some time, the infection rate is now at 2%. He clarified late Tuesday that the number of positive cases from the Fourth of July party was closer to 22% rather than the 35% Cuomo reported.

    "If that number climbs to 5%, we're not going to be able to reopen our schools," Bellone said.

    He also says if people attended July 4th parties or any other large gatherings they should be sensitive to how they're feeling and urges people to pay attention to any symptoms and refrain from attending any additional gatherings, especially those with vulnerable people in attendances.

    Cuomo said New York reported 912 additional coronavirus cases statewide Monday, with new cases in 51 counties, brining the total to 403,175.

    The governor said 1.5% of Monday's COVID-19 tests were positive. 

    The state also recorded five coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total fatalities across the state to 24,994.

    Many states across the country have had to rollback their reopening following a surge in cases.

    The governor announced Tuesday that four more states have been added to its travel advisory requiring visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days when arriving in New York.

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