CORONAVIRUS IN NASSAU COUNTY: Hospitalizations decline for 14 days straight; construction could soon resume ‘with proper distancing'

Maya Rajamani
April 29, 2020 - 1:54 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Nassau County Executive Laura Curran on Wednesday said COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county have been on the decline for 14 straight days, adding that she believed construction could soon resume “in a safe way with proper distancing.” 

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    As of Wednesday, 1,678 people in the county had died of COVID-19, but the number of patients on ventilators “continues to get better, down 22 to 316," Curran said at a news conference. A total of 35,085 people in Nassau County had tested positive for the virus as of Tuesday evening.

    The county is currently awaiting guidance from the state on reopening its construction sites and beach clubs, Curran said.

    A 14-day decline in hospitalizations is one of the benchmarks for which the Centers for Disease Control has recommended waiting before beginning phased reopenings.

    “Because the state is the larger entity, their rules supersede ours, so we are bound by their rules,” Curran explained. Nassau County could start allowing construction “in a safe way with proper distancing” when it gets the go-ahead from the state, she added. 

    “We’re not as dense here as we are in the city,” she said. “I don’t think we need a one-size-fits-all approach to bringing back construction.” 

    Curran on Wednesday also announced that the county would partner with Northwell Health to set up a central antibody testing site for first responders. 

    The site will accept volunteers by appointment, and should open by early next week, she said.

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