LI exceeds 1,000 new daily COVID-19 cases, including 595 in Suffolk



Long Island surpassed 1,000 new daily COVID-19 cases in test results released Thursday, as the delta variant continued to spread.

Nassau County recorded 480 cases in Wednesday’s test results, while Suffolk County recorded 595 cases, for a total of 1,075. The region has repeatedly exceeded 900 new daily cases in recent days, highlighting the tenacity of the virus a year and a half after it started infecting a large number of people here.

New York City recorded 1,991 new cases daily in test results as of Wednesday.

Statewide, 34 people died from causes related to the virus on Wednesday, including one in Nassau and two in Suffolk. As of June, the daily number of deaths from the virus statewide was in single digits.

Medical experts said the number of cases continued to rise on Long Island due to the highly contagious delta variant, the loosening of many antivirus mandates such as mask-wearing and social distancing, and the large number of people who refuse to be vaccinated.

A medical expert said the number of cases was not surprising and Long Island could expect to see the same thing for at least a few more months – the main solution being for more people to get vaccinated.

“This is exactly what we expected,” said Dr David Battinelli, vice president and medical director of Northwell Health. The region is likely to see a “steady state of not escalating, not going down, but just staying where we are.”

He said the pandemic is expected to last for years, and the disease – like measles and other outbreaks – may never go away entirely.

When everyone is infected, vaccinated or both, “this is the only time it goes away,” he said.

Meanwhile, the danger is that until that happens, other variants will develop in other parts of the world, and they could be vaccine resistant, he said.

Much of the “rest of the world is miles behind us, 10 years behind” getting people vaccinated and controlling the virus, Battinelli said. “It is questionable whether this will ever go away. No other pandemic has ever gone away.”

Governor Kathy Hochul said Thursday she wanted to tackle young people between the ages of 12 and 17 who are eligible for the vaccine but have not received it.

“New York State is taking decisive action to keep children and their parents safe with comprehensive new masking requirements, but that’s not enough to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. We need to ramp up the vaccination rate, ”she said in a statement.

“We are putting more energy and effort into reaching the population aged 12 to 17, and we continue to make the vaccine available at sites across the state. Get vaccinated today and protect your friends, family and community against COVID-19. “

Hochul pointed out on Wednesday that Long Island was one of many areas of concern in the state, as the delta variant is causing an increase in infections and deaths. She also ordered new warrants for wearing masks in state-regulated child care centers, residential assembly programs and other places.

Long Island’s seven-day average for COVID-19 test positivity remained above 4% in Wednesday’s results, registering 4.06%, although this is a slight drop from two previous days.

The seven-day average for New York State was 3.16%.

The number of people hospitalized in the state with the virus fell from 50 on Wednesday, to 2,374, according to state data.

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