1,000 medical personnel to arrive in N.Y. hospitals as Nassau COVID-19 cases surpass 14,000

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This article will be continuously updated as more information and statistics are presented.

The Nassau County Coronavirus hotline number is: 516-227-9570

For a comprehensive overview of coronavirus statistics in the state of New York, click here.

April 5, 2020: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that 1,000 medical personnel such as doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians, will be deployed within New York hospitals.

The personnel, Cuomo said, will be provided by the federal government, and will arrive on Sunday.

“These people, they are true heroes in the truest sense of the word, what they do day in and day out under very difficult circumstances, and we thank them all,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said that there were 14,398 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Nassau County.

In New York, Cuomo said, 122,031 people have tested positive for the virus. Of that number, 16,479 people are currently hospitalized, 4,376 of which are in intensive care units.

12,187 patients have been discharged, Cuomo said. On Saturday, Cuomo said, a state-high of 1,709 people were discharged from hospitals throughout New York.

Patient admissions decreased by 145 from Friday (395) to Saturday (250), Cuomo said.

April 4, 2020: More than 1,100 ventilators are being shipped into the State of New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday.

According to Cuomo, the Chinese government helped facilitate 1,000 ventilators that will be arriving at JFK airport on Saturday.  Additionally, the state of Oregon is sending over 140 ventilators.

“I thank the Chinese government, Jack Ma, Joe Tsai, the Jack Ma Foundation, the Tsai Foundation, and Consul General Huang,” Cuomo tweeted out.

Cuomo also thanked Oregan Governor Kate Brown for her part in providing more than 100 ventilators for New York.

After announcing on Friday the Javits Center will be strictly for patients with coronavirus-related illness, Cuomo said the federal government will be supplying the staff and equip 2,500 beds in the Manhattan building.

In terms of staffing, Cuomo said, 85,000 New York residents 22,000 out-of-state residents have volunteered to help in the medical field.

“I’m also signing an executive order to allow medical students who are slated to graduate to begin practicing,” Cuomo said. “We need doctors, we need nurses, so we’re going to expedite that.”

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said on Saturday she anticipates the apex of the coronavirus pandemic to occur in Nassau County “in about a week”.

Curran announced Saturday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County had reached 13,346.

Curran said 2,684 people were tested in the county on Friday, more than any day since the outbreak began in Nassau on March 5.

Curran reported 11 new coronavirus-related deaths in the county, bringing the total in Nassau to 149.  Curran said the ages of the people who died ranged from 49 to 92 years old.

“I know the state right now is reporting a higher number of Nassau County residents who have passed away from the virus,” Curran said. “From what I understand, the state is reporting 396 total Nassau residents who have died from the virus. My team at the department of health is working hard to quantify that and working through those numbers.”

A total of 106 members in the county, city, and village police departments have tested positive, Curran said. Some 173 members are quarantined, she said.

As of Wednesday night, Curran said, 1,997 people were hospitalized in county facilities from coronavirus-related illness. Among those 1,997 people, 355 are on ventilators.

Curran said 171 people have been discharged from hospitals after being admitted for coronavirus-related symptoms.

April 3, 2020: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday the Javits Center in Manhattan will be converted into a COVID-only facility.

The original plan, according to Cuomo, was to have the Javits Center be an overflow for non-COVID positive patients and would be a facility used for when hospitals saw an overflow of patients.

Cuomo said he spoke to President Trump, who aided in approving the addition of 2,500 for people who have tested positive for the virus and require hospitalization.

“I thanked the President for doing it,” Cuomo said. “He did it despite the fact that the federal agencies were not eager to do it, and he did it quickly. I thank him for that. It is a big deal for us.”

According to Cuomo, the number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus throughout the state increased to 102,863 as of Friday.

Of that total, 14,810 are currently hospitalized, with 3,371 admitted into ICU facilities.  8,886 people have been discharged throughout the state, Cuomo said.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced Friday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County had reached 12,024.

Curran reported 43 new coronavirus-related deaths in the county, bringing the total in Nassau to 138.  Curran said the ages of the 29 men and 14 women who died ranged from 33 to 93 years old.

A total of 101 members in the county, city, and village police departments have tested positive, Curran said. Some 172 members are quarantined, she said.  85 members who have recovered or have been cleared, have returned to work, Curran said.

April 2, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced Wednesday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County had reached 10,587.

Curran reported 19 new coronavirus-related deaths in the county, bringing the total in Nassau to 95.  Curran said the ages of the 15 men and four women who died ranged from 41 to 96 years old.

As of Wednesday night, Curran said, 1,471 people were hospitalized in county facilities from coronavirus-related illness. Among those 1,471, 314 are on ventilators.

Curran said 140 people have been discharged from hospitals after being admitted for coronavirus-related symptoms.

A total of 92 members in the county, city, and village police departments have tested positive, Curran said. Some 176 members are quarantined, she said.  57 members who have recovered or have been cleared, have returned to work.

Curran touted the work of healthcare employees throughout the county and its 11 hospitals.

“This crisis is showing what our medics and volunteers are made of,” Curran said.

April 1, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced Wednesday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County had reached 9,554.

Curran reported 13 new coronavirus-related deaths in the county, bringing the total in Nassau to 76.  Curran said the ages of the eight men and five women who died ranged from 56 to 89 years old.

A total of 91 members in the county, city, and village police departments have tested positive, Curran said. Some 185 members are quarantined, she said.

Curran provided some good news, citing 27 police department members who were under cautionary quarantine and cleared to return to work.

As of Tuesday night, Curran said, 1,312 people were hospitalized in county facilities from coronavirus-related illness. Among those 1,312, 293 people are in the intensive care unit, 279 are on ventilators.

Curran also reported 86 people have been discharged from hospitals after being admitted for coronavirus-related symptoms.

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as of Wednesday, New York accounted for 83,712 of the country’s 195,929 confirmed coronavirus cases.

March 31, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced Tuesday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County had reached 8,544.

Curran reported 15 new coronavirus-related deaths in the county, bringing the total in Nassau to 63.  Curran said the ages of the 11 men and four women who died ranged from 33 to 97 years old.

A total of 80 members in the county, city, and village police departments have tested positive, Curran said. Some 147 members are quarantined, she said.

Curran provided some good news, citing 20 police department members who were under cautionary quarantine and cleared to return to work Monday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said more than 18,000 New York residents were tested Monday, which brought the total number of tests conducted in the state to more than 200,000.

Of that number, Cuomo said, 75,795 have tested positive for the virus, a number that includes those who have recovered.

March 30, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced Monday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County had reached 7,334.

Curran reported nine new coronavirus-related deaths in the county, bringing the total in Nassau to 48.  Curran said the ages of the seven men and two women who died ranged from 42 to 87 years old.

According to Curran, there are 1,130 coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Nassau County hospitals. The 266 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus are in intensive care units and 244 are hooked up to ventilators, Curran said.

March 29, 2020: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the state’s non-essential workforce must continue to work from home for an additional two weeks through April 15.

Cuomo said this measure would be re-evaluated after this additional two-week period.

President Trump also announced that social distancing protocol would be enforced throughout the entire month of April.

“We’re doing it in two-week intervals because every day is a new day and we’ll see what happens day-to-day,” Cuomo said. “I think it’s not even questionable today that we’re going to need two more weeks of non-essential workers.”

According to figures provided by Cuomo, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York has reached 59,513, with 6,445 residing in Nassau County.

More than 900 coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in New York.  With Cuomo anticipating the virus’ apex would occur in the next two weeks, a new drive-thru testing facility opened in the Bronx for New York City residents.

March 28, 2020: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a press conference Sunday that he was postponing New York’s presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23.

“I don’t think it’s wise to bring a lot of people to one location to vote — a lot of people touching one doorknob, a lot of people touching one pen,” he said.

The Democratic National Committee cutoff date for states to hold elections is June 9. States that schedule elections outside of that window risk losing up to 50 percent of their delegates.

Cuomo said 728 coronavirus patients have died in New York, and there are currently 52,318 confirmed cases in the state. The number of confirmed cases in Nassau County has reached 5,537.

The governor called on health-care facilities across the state to think and act as a single system.

“We may need to move patients from downstate New York to upstate New York,” he said, “and we want health care systems across the state to be ready for that and expect that.”

In the worst-case scenario, the state could end up needing 30,000 ventilators, Cuomo said.

He announced that the National Guard may be trained to operate manual bag valves, which require a massive amount of manpower if New York hospitals do not have the number of ventilators needed to treat COVID-19 patients.

“This looks easy,” Cuomo said, demonstrating manual operation of a bag valve. “I guarantee if you do this for any length of time, you’ll see how difficult it winds up being.”

“These are bag-valve ventilators,” he added, “and the short answer is, ‘No thank you.’”

March 27, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced Friday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 4,657.

As of yesterday evening, Curran said, there have been 696 coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the county.  Curran said the number includes county residents with confirmed and pending test results.

Some 167 Nassau residents with confirmed cases are on ventilators, Curran said. Some 194 residents are in critical condition, according to Curran. As of yesterday evening, Curran said, hospitals reported 110 available ventilators.

Curran reported eight new coronavirus-related deaths in the county, bringing the total in Nassau to 27.

Of the new deaths, five are men, and three are women ranging from 51-83 years old, according to Curran.

“This is going to get difficult, this is going to become even more of a challenge as we start to see the numbers increase,” Curran said.

Curran said hospital executives’ three main issues going forward in this pandemic are personnel, safety equipment, and ventilators.

“I know our hospital systems are reaching far into their networks for resources,” Curran said. “We can see the number of hospitalizations increasing.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that schools throughout the state will be closed for an additional two weeks, until April 15.

Cuomo also said the temporary hospital in Manhattan’s Javits Center will be opened on Monday.

“I congratulate FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers for their work at Javits,” Cuomo tweeted. “I thank the Javits staff. I thank the National Guard. You built a hospital in a week. You are the best of us.”

According to Cuomo, a total of 12,529 Nassau residents have been tested for the coronavirus, including 1,411 as of Friday morning.

March 26, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Thursday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 3,914.

Curran reported two new coronavirus-related deaths in the county, bringing the total in Nassau to 19:

  • A 59-year-old woman
  • A 66-year-old woman

Curran said 39 members of the Nassau County Police Department have tested positive for the virus.  She also reported 90 are in quarantine, a number that includes the 39 members who have tested positive.

Curran said hospitals in the county reported “enough to handle what they have today right now. We know and they know more is likely to come,” she said. Curran said the county purchased 100 new ventilators to be used on an emergency basis.

Curran said the county is continuously coordinating the establishment of the SUNY Old Westbury temporary hospital, providing aid to the state when it is needed.

In regard to testing, Curran said testing is “becoming widely more and more available.”  More testing at medical centers, urgent cares, and hospitals, Curran said, takes the pressure off the Jones Beach testing facility.

“There are still protocols for who gets tested and the criteria has not changed,” Curran said. “The criteria is based on symptons- fever, shortness of breath, cough, aches, and pains- and of course, if you’ve had direct exposure [to someone who has tested positive].”

Curran said first responders, older residents aged 60+, and people with underlying health conditions will be prioritized as well.

In regard to schools re-opening on April 1, a question Curran said has heard frequently, Curran said the county is awaiting guidelines from the state for further action.

Curran said since the state ordered schools to be closed until April 1 and they are the bigger government entity, their jurisdiction supersedes the county.

Curran said it is “her personal belief” that schools will not re-open by April 1.

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth said on Thursday that all town facilities will continue to remain closed to the public until Monday, April 20.

“While all Town buildings and parks are currently closed to the public, essential services are continuing to operate as the Town maintains the continuity of government with many of its employees working remotely,” Bosworth said in a statement.

In regard to the Senate’s approval of a $2 trillion stimulus package to jump-start the economy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a Thursday press conference, that the $5 billion allocated to New York falls short of covering the state’s projected revenue cost shortfall, estimated at $15 billion.

Cuomo called the passing of the relief package “reckless” and “irresponsible.”

“I’m disappointed, I said I was disappointed. I find it irresponsible, I find it reckless,” Cuomo said. “When this is over, I promise you I’m going to give them a piece of my mind.”

Cuomo said New York has already spent $1 billion in response to the pandemic.

March 25, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Wednesday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 3,285.

A total of 17 Nassau County residents have suffered coronavirus-related deaths since the county’s first reported death last week.  Each of the deaths, Curran said, were also a result of underlying health issues such as lung and heart disease and diabetes.

Curran said 33 members of the Nassau County Police Department have tested positive for the virus.  Forty police department members are in quarantine awaiting results, and 40 others in quarantine due to someone in their household testing positive, according to Curran.

Four corrections officers and one deputy sheriff have also tested positive for the virus, Curran said.

On Wednesday morning, the White House and Senate struck a deal over a $2 trillion stimulus package to jump-start the economy, which has faltered in the face of the pandemic.

The deal includes $1,200 payments to individuals making $75,000 a year or less, according to Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Families will also receive $500 per child.

March 24, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Tuesday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 2,869.

Of the 2,442 residents, 70 are hospitalized and 14 are in critical condition.  Curran reported one new death related to the disease, bringing the county total to 10:

  • An 85-year-old man from the Town of Oyster Bay

Curran reported there are 18 new confirmed cases at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility in Uniondale.  Efforts to reach the facility for comment were unavailing.

Yesterday, Curran said, was the first over-the-phone meeting with the county’s new economic advisory council. Curran said the council includes business leaders throughout Long Island and said the council had a “very frank” conversation on the impact the virus has on many aspects in life.

“People are worried about job security, about food security, people are worried about losing their paychecks,” Curran said. “Unemployment benefits are not going to carry the workload in Nassau County on Long Island or in our region. People are worried about what this pandemic means for of course their families and their businesses and their employees, but also what it means for society as a whole.”

Curran touted the work of Hofstra University in regard to collecting data by doing the economic forecasting of the county’s losses and evaluating a “multiplier effect.”

Curran said the effect covers small and large businesses throughout the county, such as hotels, retail, restaurants, construction, mom and pop shops, and more.

Curran encouraged all businesses to participate in the data-gathering survey, which can be found online at https://www.hofstra.edu/economicimpact.

March 23, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Monday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 2,442.

Curran said these updated numbers include residents who have tested positive but have beaten the disease.

Of the 2,442 residents, 52 are hospitalized and 11 are in critical condition.  Curran reported two new deaths related to the disease:

  • A 51-year-old Town of Hempstead man
  • An 84-year-old Town of Hempstead man

Curran said the two had underlying health conditions, and their deaths bring the county total to nine.

Curran was joined at a news conference held at Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building by Nassau County Department of Health Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein, county Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Gregory May, Chief Fire Marshal Scott Tusa, and Assistant Chief Fire Marshal Michael Uttaro.

The county officials spoke about recent cases of price gouging in the county by local businesses that have increased prices on N-95 protective masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and other products in high demand since the virus began to spread.

“Along with everything else we are dealing with as a society, it is unforgivable to prey on people in a very vulnerable time,” Curran said.  “We encourage all residents to report any price gouging they see whether online or in a store.”

Tusa said businesses that participate in price gouging could face fines upwards of $5,000.

Curran also announced the closure of the county-owned golf facilities:

  • Eisenhower Park in East Meadow
  • Bay Park on the South Shore in East Rockaway
  • Cantiague Park in Hicksville
  • Christopher Morley Park on the North Shore in Roslyn-North Hills
  • North Woodmere Park on the South Shore in North Woodmere

Curran has recently touted the record attendance at the golf facilities before ultimately complying with the state’s guidelines and temporarily closing them.

Curran implored residents to continue to use the parks but discouraged parents from allowing their children to use playgrounds or equipment that could potentially spread the virus.

March 22, 2020: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 1,900.

Cuomo said during a press conference Saturday he has urged the federal government to provide funding for the Army Corps Engineer to construct temporary hospitals in several locations:

  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • Stony Brook University
  • Westchester County
  • Manhattan’s Javits Center

March 21, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Saturday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 754.

Curran announced three new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total in Nassau County to 7.  The deaths, according to Curran, include:

  • An 86-year-old Town of Hempstead woman
  • A 72-year-old Town of North Hempstead man
  • A 46-year-old Town of Hempstead man

According to officials, 39 county residents are hospitalized, 7 of which remain in critical condition.

“We have to get ourselves ready for something,” Curran said. “Every day, the numbers will get bigger for the coming weeks. It’s not going to be forever, but for the coming weeks.”

The announcement comes a day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo enforced shutdown of all non-essential places of business in New York, which will begin Sunday at 8 p.m.

Businesses exempt from that regulation include grocery stores, pharmacies, and healthcare facilities.

When asked about the supply of ventilators, face masks, and hospital beds in the county, Nassau Health Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein said hospitals have sufficient resources as of now.

“Measures may have to be taken…but there is a capacity that we are working on,” Eisenstein said. “We have been keeping in close contact with the state and our hospitals.  Anyone who needs a ventilator right now would be able to get one.”

Eisenstein encouraged residents to monitor their procurement of the N95 masks, noting that first responders and people with the disease should have a priority.

“Wearing a mask if you do not have the virus is not [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] protocol,” he said. “If you buy the masks, please be mindful and only get what you really need.”

March 20, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Friday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 372.

Curran said a 44-year-old man with underlying health issues died yesterday, the county’s fourth coronavirus-related death.

According to officials, 32 county residents are hospitalized, 7 of which are in critical condition.

After mandating that 75 percent of the non-essential workforce must work from home yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo increased that number to 100 percent this morning.

New York will implement a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants, according to Cuomo.

Cuomo announced the implementation of Matilda’s Law to protect New York residents age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems, whom he called a “vulnerable population.”  The law requires the vulnerable population to:

-Remain indoors

-Pre-screen visitors by taking a temperature

-Visitors should wear masks

-Stay 6 feet away from others

Curran made similar recommendations to the county’s 55,000 population of veterans.  She touted the county’s resources for veterans in need of assistance during the pandemic.

“The Veterans Service Agency has a fleet of volunteer drivers,” she said. “This fleet has grown into quite an army, and they will continue to take veterans to essential medical appointments.”

Curran said volunteers have begun drafting a plan to deliver food to veterans’ homes if they cannot leave their homes.

“Volunteers are starting a new program to deliver food to your home if you are a veteran,” she said.

March 19, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Thursday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 293.

Curran said a 76-year-old woman from the Town of Hempstead, died yesterday, the county’s third coronavirus-related death.

Curran said the county will release a map of the confirmed cases and where residents are located, so others can gain a better insight as to the diseased areas.  The map, Curran said, will be available on the county’s website at some point today.

According to Curran and Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, a growing issue in the county is the heightened number of spam calls relating to the coronavirus.

Curran said residents have reported receiving calls requesting personal financial or healthcare information.

Ryder said there has been a 49 percent increase in spam calls in the past year, and advised residents to remain vigilant.

“There is a lot of uncertainty in this world right now and it is unfortunate that people are taking advantage of that uncertainty,” Curran said.

“There’s a bunch of lowlife people that sit and wait and prey in times of crisis,” Ryder said. “Well, they’re coming out in groves right now and making these phone calls. Our seniors are more concerned about fighting and keeping away from catching the virus and now they have to concern themselves about a scam that comes over the phone.”

After mandating that 50 percent of the non-essential workforce must work from home yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo increased that number to 75 percent this morning.

March 18, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Wednesday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 278.

After drive-thru testing at Jones Beach was implemented Tuesday, Curran said, she and county health officials expected to see a “drastic increase” in numbers.

“We’ve been getting ready for this jump,” Curran said during a Wednesday news conference. “We knew with the drive-thru testing and the increased testing capacity that this number would increase significantly and that is exactly what is happening.”

March 17, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Tuesday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 139.

A 96-year-old man died in Mercy Hospital on Monday night, Curran said, the county’s first death related to the virus.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the first drive-through coronavirus test site on Long Island will open on Tuesday at Jones Beach.  It is the state’s second drive-through testing site after New Rochelle’s was implemented over the weekend.

“We’ll open today in Nassau County a drive-through testing office,” Cuomo said during a Tuesday news conference.

In response to the effect of the virus and the restrictions placed on local businesses throughout the nation because of it, Curran announced the establishment of an Economic Advisory Council in the county.

“We don’t know the full, economic impact yet, but I predict it will be brutal and it will a long-term impact,” Curran said. “The more quickly we can quantify that impact, the more quickly we can begin to address it.”

According to Curran, the council will begin to collect data from business districts throughout the county to determine how severe an impact the disease is having on local businesses.

Curran touted the work of Hofstra University in regard to collecting data by doing the economic forecasting of the county’s losses and evaluating a “multiplier effect.”

“When you talk about economic development, you talk about all the ancillary benefits, jobs, etcetera,” Curran said. “Guess what, you can do the same thing for negative and that’s exactly what we’re doing. The multiplier effect of losses.”

Curran said the effect covers small and large businesses throughout the county, such as hotels, retail, restaurants, construction, mom and pop shops, and more.

Curran advised businesses affected by the disease to look into the Small Business Association’s Disaster Relief Program.  While loans from the Small Business Association do not replace a business’ revenue, Curran said, they can assist with expenses such as rent, leases, payroll and accounts payable.

Curran said the council will include business leaders throughout Long Island. Some in attendance at Tuesday’s news conference were Discover Long Island President and CEO Kristen Jarnagin, Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, Nassau County Industrial Development Agency Chairman Richard Kessel and others.

The leaders touted the measures Curran took to aid businesses during a time when revenue will take a “significant hit,” according to Curran.

“All of us here thank the county executive for helping us in reaching out to businesses and ensuring they are doing OK,” Kessel said. “We will work with the administration and the state Legislature to see if we can aggressively expand our programs to reach more businesses so that they can survive and prosper after the crisis.”

Jarnagin said she expects the tourism industry on Long Island to be severely impacted by the ripple effects of the virus.

“People may not realize that tourism on Long Island is a $6.1 billion industry and it is suffering greatly right now,” Jarnagin said. “Last year, tourism generated $740 million in local and state tax revenues, so we’re going to see the immediate impacts of that.”

“Before this process, there were about 40 downtowns on Long Island with robust revitalization programs,” Alexander said. “We spoke to 75 businesses in 20 of those downtowns and we hear now that [business is] 50 percent down before last night.”

On Monday, Cuomo announced these actions:

  • A ban on gatherings more than 50 people
  • Restaurants/bars will be takeout/delivery only
  • Gyms, movie theaters, and casinos are shut.

March 16, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Monday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 101.

Curran said 13 county residents remain hospitalized and two remain in critical condition. She said more than 400 people are in mandatory quarantine throughout Nassau.

The announcement came moments after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, the shutting of all gyms, movie theaters and casinos, and limiting restaurants and bars to takeout and delivery only.

“Our primary goal is to slow the spread of #Coronavirus so that the wave doesn’t crash our healthcare system,” Cuomo tweeted on Monday after the announcement was made. “Social distancing is the best way to do that.”

Cuomo joined with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont in his actions.

Cuomo announced on Friday he hopes to test 6,000 New Yorkers a day.  Curran said testing pods, outdoor tents, and drive-thru testing sites are being implemented in Nassau.

Curran said she believes their establishment will “help us achieve if not exceed that testing margin of 6,000 people per day.”

According to Curran, the county’s Office of Emergency Management will continue to provide resources to health care providers and first responders throughout Nassau.

“The [Office of Emergency Management] has and will continue to distribute facemasks, gloves, and sanitizing wipes to first responders and area hospitals as they require them, and as new shipments come in from the state,” Curran said.

According to Curran, the office has distributed 34,000 pairs of gloves, 4,000 gallons of hand sanitizer, and more than 40,000 facemasks to Nassau County police departments and hospitals, and will distribute more to fire departments.

As of now, Curran said, all of the area hospitals are reporting they are properly supplied, and reassured residents that there is an emergency reserve of those supplies, should the situation call for them.

Curran said one inmate at the Nassau Correctional Facility tested positive for the virus Sunday night. Curran said the inmate was transported to a local hospital and is in isolation.

Staff and other inmates who may have been exposed were identified last night by county health officials, Curran said.

March 15, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Sunday that beginning Monday public and private Kindergarten-12th grade schools in the county will be closed for the next two weeks.

According to Curran, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 90. She said 18 people are hospitalized, and two are in critical condition.

Curran also said 314 county residents are in mandatory quarantine.

The two-week ban for schools, Curran said, will go into effect beginning on Monday, March 16.  Curran said many schools in the county have already shut down for the first two days of the week.

“I understand the gravity of this action and what it means for every community in our county,” Curran said. “I also realize these choices have cascading effects on our residents and vulnerable population when it comes to food access, child safety, and protective services.”

Administrators and teachers can still use the facilities for distance-based learning, according to Curran.

Curran said she spoke to Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier in the day to develop a plan for health care workers with school-age children.

According to Curran,  the school districts and county officials plan to implement a “grab-and-go system” for students throughout the county that are dependent on school meals.

Cuomo on Friday waived the requirement of having students receive 180 days of educational instruction per school year.

Curran and Nassau Health Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein reiterated that the county has been following a strict protocol set in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The two said that closing the schools was “one of the last things” on that protocol.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has not announced any school closings from city schools and has received backlash from the United Federation of Teachers.

“The mayor is recklessly putting the health of our students, their families, and school staff in jeopardy by refusing to close public schools,” Federation President Michael Mulgrew wrote in an email to its members. “We have a small window of time to contain the coronavirus before it penetrates into our communities and overwhelms our health care system’s capacity to safely care for all the New Yorkers who may become gravely ill.”

De Blasio said he feared the “unintended consequences” of what could happen should the city close the doors of more than 1,900 public schools to 1.1 million students.

March 14, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced there are 70 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the county.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an 82-year-old woman from Brooklyn died from the disease on Friday night.  She is the first coronavirus-related death in New York.

Curran said 244 county residents are in mandatory quarantine. She said county health officials expect the number of confirmed cases to rise as more tests are pending.

“Containment is the key to preventing this from spreading,” Curran said at a news conference on Saturday.

If the CDC or state guidelines were to change, Curran said, the county would comply with whatever measures are necessary to take.

“We are following a plan by the CDC,” Nassau Health Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein said. “The decisions we are making are not arbitrary. You do not change a plan in the middle.”

In terms of capacity, Curran said, there are about 4,500 hospital beds in Nassau County. Curran touted the county’s health care providers’ abilities and resources and said she “is confident” they will be able to guide residents through this disease.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday he hopes to test 6,000 New Yorkers a day.  Curran said she is looking to bring new ways of testing such as drive-thru testing, which was recently implemented in New Rochelle, to Nassau County.

Curran touted the work of the county’s Office of Emergency Management and said the office is working with other entities such as fire marshals and the Health Department should an emergency procedure arise.

Curran reiterated the importance of practicing proper hygiene and implored residents to stay home from work if they are not feeling well.

“You’ve got to stay home, call your health care provider so they can give you the proper guidance,” Curran said.

March 13, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced the county is declaring a state of emergency.

As of 10 a.m., Curran said, there are 48 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. 34 are in the Town of Hempstead, 10 are in the Town of North Hempstead, and 4 are in the town of Oyster Bay.

Of the 48 confirmed cases, 13 are hospitalized, and 2 are in critical condition, according to Nassau Health Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein.

Curran said she expects the number to increase with more tests awaiting results.

The declaration, which goes into effect at 5 p.m. today, shuts down county-owned properties and buildings such as Eisenhower Park, the Cradle of Aviation Museum, the Nassau Coliseum, along with many others.

Yesterday, Curran declared the virus an “imminent threat to public health.” She said that declaration was “basically a legal requirement that we had to do for declaring the state of emergency.”

“We are doing this as a precautionary measure,” Curran said. “One, to access resources, and two, to authorize emergency spending and also allow us to take actions to keep Nassau County safe.”

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth followed suit and declared a local state of emergency for the town on Friday afternoon.

“The health and safety of everyone in our town is of paramount importance,” Bosworth said in a news release. “We care deeply about our residents and want to make sure we are taking every precaution possible.”

The state of emergency will allow the town to implement public safety measures, purchase essential items and services quickly, suspend parking regulations and respond to emergency needs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had announced yesterday that he would be banning gatherings of more than 500 people throughout the state in an attempt to curtail the virus’ spread. Additionally, any event of fewer than 500 would have to reduce its capacity by 50 percent. The rule will take effect today at 5 p.m.

March 12, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced Thursday that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county has increased to 40, and declared the virus an “imminent threat to public health.”

A total of 31 Town of Hempstead residents, 6 Town of North Hempstead residents and 3 Town of Oyster Bay residents are confirmed as cases of the virus.

March 11, 2020: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Wednesday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has increased to 25.

A total of 20 Town of Hempstead residents, 3 Town of Oyster Bay residents, and 2 Town of North Hempstead residents are confirmed to have the virus, she said.

Curran said 153 county residents have been placed in mandatory quarantine, 79 have been placed in precautionary quarantine, and there are 10 tests pending.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin, who has remained quiet since the first case was announced last Thursday, held a news conference on Wednesday and addressed the concerns surrounding the virus.

“I want to assure our residents that we are taking simple and effective measures to prevent the spreading of this disease,” Clavin said. “We’ve had regularly scheduled meetings to discuss the coronavirus and want residents to be reassured that necessary precautions are in place.”

Clavin said officials have spent the past few days cleaning the 14 senior citizen centers that reside in the town and busses used by senior citizens.

Additionally, Clavin said, there will be two virtual meetings where town Medical Doctor Dave Neubert will communicate to residents via Facebook and address any questions presented about the virus and how residents can stay healthy.

Clavin said the first meeting will take place on Sunday, March 15, at noon  and the second meeting will occur on Friday, March 20 at 2 p.m.

Northwell Health announced that the state had authorized its laboratories to begin semiautomatic testing for the virus.

March 10, 2020: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has increased to 19.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced that two school bus drivers have been confirmed to be carrying the virus.

Curran said the two bus drivers have public school pickup and dropoff routes ranging from Locust Valley, Glen Cove, and Oyster Bay.

Northwell Health Senior Vice President and Chief Public Relations Officer Terrence Lynam said in a phone interview that the system won’t expect approval for semi-automatic testing “for this week.”

“For now, we are at very limiting testing capacity,” Lynam said. “We’re limiting testing to the severely ill, those who have had direct contact with confirmed or suspected patients, the elderly, those with immune diseases and pulmonary diseases, et cetera.”

When the Food and Drug Administration authorizes the use of semi-automatic testing, which greatly increases Northwell’s capabilities, the criteria will be loosened, Lynam said.

Among the system’s proposed plans in the next few months is the implementation of a mobile hospital that can be placed outside of emergency rooms to keep those suspected of carrying the virus.

Lynam also said that corporate employees at the Northwell offices in New Hyde Park were being given the option to work remotely.

Northwell’s hospitals would also limit those with respiratory conditions, those under 18, and those who had contact with suspected or confirmed patients from visitors’ hours.

Only two visitors will be allowed per time, Lynam said.

Efforts to reach NYU-Langone Health System and the Catholic Health Services of Long Island were unavailing.

Additionally, Roslyn School District Superintendent Allison Brown announced that individuals in one household within the school district’s community are under mandatory quarantine.

Brown said the individuals were in contact with someone who has already tested positive for the virus.  The individuals are asymptomatic, Brown said, and are being quarantined as a precautionary measure.

According to Brown, the Nassau County Department of Health did not require or recommend the closure of Roslyn schools.

“We will continue to collaborate and communicate with the Department of Health regarding this situation and we will adhere to guidance issued by the New York State Education Department and local, state and federal health authorities,” Brown said in a news release.

City University of New York colleges will not be shut down, per school officials.

Cuomo announced the number of confirmed cases statewide has increased to 173 after a figure of 142 was said by the governor yesterday.

Cuomo said the National Guard will be deployed to New Rochelle to help clean the area and deliver food to residents.

“New Rochelle at this point is probably the largest cluster in the United States of these cases and it is a significant issue for us,” Cuomo said.

New Rochelle is home to the Midtown Manhattan lawyer linked to dozens of cases throughout multiple states, according to NBC News.  He was the second confirmed case in New York.

Of the 31 newly confirmed cases, 17 are in New York City, 10 are in Westchester County, 2 are in Nassau County and 2 in Rockland County.

March 9, 2020: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nassau County has reached 17, according to the county executive’s office.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran initially announced the countywide total of confirmed cases was 13 during a news conference Monday morning.

A representative from the county executive’s office said the number increased by four after the news conference ended.

“Of the six new cases, I do not have information about ages, locations or genders at this time. We’re going through it all now,” Curran said during the news conference.

Curran said of the seven previous cases announced as of Sunday, six reside in the Town of Hempstead, and the other is the first resident from the Town of North Hempstead to be confirmed contagious.

Curran said she “does not believe” that the North Hempstead man is linked to the other six.

Curran said those numbers will increase as roughly 20 tests are still pending, according to figures confirmed by Nassau Health Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein.

Officials said there are currently 40 Nassau County residents in mandatory quarantine and 72 in “precautionary quarantine”.

Curran announced she has postponed the State of the County Address, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday at Elmont Memorial High School at 7 p.m.

A make-up date for the address has not yet been provided.

“…given current developments related to the spread of COVID-19, right now my first priority is working to ensure the health and safety of every resident of Nassau County,” Curran said.

Curran emphasized the importance of practicing necessary hygienic precautions such as:

  • Washing hands regularly.
  • Using gel hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching the face.
  • Staying home if feeling ill.
  • Do not go around the elderly if feeling ill.
  • Coughing and sneezing into the elbow.

Officials from the Town of North Hempstead announced the cancellation of senior exercise groups for the next 14 days.

“We are emphasizing that anyone who is exhibiting flu-like symptoms should not be frequenting any town facilities,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a news release. “If you are unwell, please stay home. This message has been extended to our employees and residents, alike.”

The updated figures were presented after Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York on Saturday.

Cuomo announced on Monday the total number of confirmed cases in New York state has reached 142.

Officials from Hofstra University announced that classes will be canceled for this week ahead of the university’s one-week spring break next week.

“We want to emphasize that this action is a precaution taken to provide peace of mind to students, faculty, staff, and families,” the university said. “There are currently no confirmed cases of Covid-19 associated with the university.”

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