CORONAVIRUS ON LONG ISLAND: Suffolk reports 'dramatic jump' to 152 cases, Nassau reports 278

David Caplan
March 18, 2020 - 3:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Long Island, like other areas in the tri-state, continue to see a jump in coronavirus cases: Suffolk County officials on Wednesday reported a "dramatic jump" in cases to 152 countywide; on Tuesday that number was 97.

There are 142 new cases of coronavirus in Nassau County, bringing the countywide total to 278, officials said Wednesday.

The total number of cases on Long Island is 430 as of Wednesday afternoon. 

County Executive Steve Bellone said in a briefing, "This is simply a reflection of what we have been talking about," in reference to a boost is testing. 

There is also now a drive-through coronavirus testing site at Stony Brook University in Nassau County. 

On TuesdayNassau County officials announced its first coronavirus-related death, a 96-year-old man who died Monday at Mercy Hospital, County Executive Laura Curran said. 

Curran also announced Tuesday the launch of economic advisory counsel to asses the countywide impact that the virus is having on the county.

Some of Long Island's top business leaders will help to "track, calculate and hopefully recoup losses for theo coutny's business community," Curran said.

Hofstra University will collect data, evaluate losses and the multiplier affect.

Data of losses for small and large businesses including manufacturing, hotels, retail, restaurants and construction in Nassau County. 

Curran hopes this will identify exactly what is needed from the federal government in order to recover.