Covid-19 Infection Rates Climb on Long Island

Suffolk County recorded 430 new Covid-19 infections, while the number of hospitalized patients in New York State grew by 78, to 2,202, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday. Another 35 deaths were recorded, including one in Suffolk County.

The new figures were reported as New York City announced that it close its school buildings Thursday and will return to all-remote learning, and the total US death toll from the virus hit 250,000.

In addition, a regional coalition of Northeast governors, including Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Delaware Gov. John Carney, Pennsylvania Gov; Tom Wolf, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that they will encourage residential colleges and universities in their respective states to provide testing for all students traveling home for Thanksgiving break  before they leave campus. Any student who tests positive will be encouraged to isolate on campus before they can travel or detail arrangements of their safe travel home with the local department of health.    

“As everyone predicted, cases are rising as temperatures drop, and New York is not immune. With the holidays approaching, we are fighting ‘living room spread’ from small gatherings in private homes — and adding college students’ interstate travel will be like pouring gasoline on a fire,” Cuomo said. “We know this virus does not respect borders, which is why governors from across the region are working together to stop the spread. Colleges and universities have to do their part by testing all students before they leave, informing them about quarantine rules, and keeping classes online between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. We beat back the COVID beast in the spring, and by working together we can do it once again this winter.” 

 

REGION

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Capital Region

2.3%

2.8%

3.3%

Central New York

3.9%

4.5%

3.7%

Finger Lakes

4.3%

3.7%

3.9%

Long Island

3.5%

3.5%

3.6%

Mid-Hudson

3.0%

4.3%

4.6%

Mohawk Valley

1.7%

3.1%

2.6%

New York City

2.3%

2.9%

2.9%

North Country

1.8%

2.2%

1.9%

Southern Tier

1.4%

0.7%

1.4%

Western New York

5.2%

6.5%

5.6%

 

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