‘These Numbers Are Sobering’: Nassau Sees Spike In COVID-19 Cases Overnight

Sophia Hall
April 03, 2020 - 5:25 pm
Laura Curran

Nassau County Executive's Office

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County Executive Laura Curran on Friday announced 43 additional deaths overnight, bringing the county total to 138.

Curran also announced there were 1,437 new COVID-19 cases – the largest increase in the county since the beginning of the pandemic – bringing the countywide total to 12,024.

“These numbers are sobering,” Curran said. “We are on the upswing of the curve. We have not reached apex yet.”

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the rise in COVID-19 cases on Long Island was “troubling” and noted that the state would continue to watch both Nassau and Suffolk.

Curran said the new deaths included 29 men and 14 women ranging in age from 33 to 93 years old.

She stressed that the county is continuing to do everything to track the pandemic and stop the spread of the virus.

However, officials says hospitals and healthcare workers are exhausted and quickly running out of supplies as they continue to deal with the uptick in cases.

To ease some of the pressure, Curran says they will be opening a temporary facility at SUNY Old Westbury. The facility is set to be up and running next week to treat COVID-19 patients.

“We know it should be opening in stages, perhaps as early as this time next week. I am advocating very strongly that it is a COVID facility,” she said.

She called people who are staying home and away from others heroes and says, in Eisenhower Park, they are still collecting protective gear for medical workers.

“We’re still accepting donations in the county. We’ve gotten an amazing amount of donations still we opened our donation center,” Curran said.

The county has received over 185,000 pairs of gloves, more than 7,000 N95 masks, more than 8,000 surgical masks and more than 1,700 gowns.

Curran says there is a big need for people to donate blood and assured residents that the centers knows how to protect individuals from the virus.

There’s been 101 Nassau County police officers have tested positive for the virus, though many have been cleared and are back to work.  

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