Nassau County Hit Hard By COVID-19, 71 Officers Test Positive

Sophia Hall
March 30, 2020 - 4:18 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County officials on Monday said an additional nine people had died from coronavirus while 71 police officers have tested positive for the virus.

Dozens of people have already died from the virus in Nassau County, but Executive Laura Curran says funerals are not taking place for those who have passed.

She adds the county is working with funeral home directors to work out something for grieving families.

She wants “to help families cope with this inability to do funerals right now and to do wakes right now.”

Meanwhile, she says price gouging and deceptive practices are still going on, and people need to be wary.

“I think the most egregious we’ve come across, at least one of the most egregious, is a Plainview warehouse that was selling N95 masks at an inflated price. So, that’s bad enough, that’s just already a violation,” Curran said. “However, the masks were not N95 certified and, in fact, this particular mask wasn’t supposed to be sold as of 2011.”

The Office of Consumer Affairs commissioner says his investigators have issued 70 violations. Each violation is a fine of $5,000.

The news came on the same day Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed over 66,000 coronavirus cases in the state and over 1,000 fatalities.

The 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort also arrived Monday to help ease some of the pressure on New York’s strained hospital systems.