Nassau County Buys 100 Ventilators, 2 More Deaths From Coronavirus

Sophia Hall
March 26, 2020 - 1:06 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said Thursday afternoon that two more deaths from coronavirus have been recorded in the county. 

    In a press conference, she said that county is responding to the growing number of COVID-19 cases. There are currently 3,914 confirmed cases. 

    "The county has purchased 100 new ventilators on an emergency basis, and we're coordinating with the state for a temporary medical facility at SUNY Old Westbury," Curran said. 

    She also said that there are many more places, including doctor's offices, that have the tests for coronavirus. 

    "But there are still protocols for who gets tested, and the criteria actually has not changed," she said. "Fever, shortness of breath, cough, aches and pains, and of course, if you've had a potential exposure." 

    Curran said that she had spoken with the governor about whether schools will reopen next week as planned. 

    "Nothing official has been announced," the county executive said. "I believe it is unlikely schools will reopen on Apr. 1"